Court order on CBSC, ICSE schools stayed

The verdict brought the schools under the Karnataka Education Act

Justice H N Nagamohan Das had quashed the State government’s amendment which excluded schools affiliated to CBSE or ICSE from the Karnataka Education Act, 1983 and brought them within the fee structure regulations of the government. The CBSE and ICSE schools were prevented from charging exorbitantly.

The judgment had come in the wake of a batch of petitions challenging the government’s notification, in view of an increase in fees by 130 per cent by several schools.

Quashing the April 4, 1998 amendment of the government, which prevented the State from regulating the fee structure of CBSE and ICSE schools, Justice Nagamohan Das held that the hike in fees was not supported either by the Central or the Karnataka Education Act.

The High Court had earlier issued notice to Parachute Regiment School for charging the same amount of fees as last year and violating the single judge bench order.

Compensation

The High Court has directed the State to give compensation within eight weeks to people who lost their homes for the construction of four-lane highway in Mandya.
Madappa and others from Haleboodanur in Mandya district had approached the High Court seeking compensation for the property acquired from them by the government for the construction of the highway.

Nearly 140 properties, including houses and shops, were acquired, but, the compensation amount totalling to Rs 7.5 crore was not paid to any of them.

The government had issued the final notification on November 21, 2007 for the demolition of the property, but didn’t pay compensation to those who parted with their property.

The High Court directed the State to pay the money to the deputy commissioner of Mandya in six weeks and also directed the Mandya deputy commissioner to distribute the amount in the following two weeks’ time.

If the State government failed to comply with its orders, contempt proceedings would be initiated on the government, deputy commissioner and the Special Land Acquisition Officer, the court observed.

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