The Madras High Court has directed Doveton Higher Secondary School in Vepery to re-admit about 20 students, to whom the management had issued Transfer Certificates, as they had not paid the fees fixed by the management.
Passing interim orders recently on a batch of writ petitions from the students, Justice KK Sasidharan had directed the parents of the students to pay 50 per cent of the management fees, without any prejudice to the parents or the school management. The parents should give letters of apology to the school.
Holding that this interim order was only for the purpose of enabling the students to commence their studies and the larger issues raised by both the parties would be decided later, the judge had adjourned the matter till July 2. The parties should also file the compliance report on the adjourned date, the judge added on June 28 last.
When the matter came up on July 3, the parents and the school management filed reports stating that the directions of the court were complied with.
Petitioners had contended they were not liable to pay the management fees and the liability was only to pay the fees prescribed by the inspector of Anglo-Indian Schools.
However, the school submitted that it was entitled to collect the management fees in view of Sec 69 of the Code of Regulation of Anglo-Indian Schools.