HC directs govt to permit English-medium school

HC directs govt to permit English-medium school

The High Court has directed the State government to process the application filed by a Bengaluru-based management seeking permission to start a new English-medium school from the academic year 2015-16.

Hearing a petition by the Modern Education Society that runs a school at Ejipura here, Justice A S Bopanna has directed the State government to consider the application.

“Keeping in view that the decision rendered by the Supreme Court would permit the choice of language to parents, the respondents (State government) is directed to receive the application filed by the petitioner (school) seeking permission to start English medium schools for Classes I to V with a similar fee as has been fixed in respect of Kannada medium schools. The application filed by the petitioner shall be processed in accordance with law. It shall, however, remain subject to result of this petition," Justice Bopanna observed in his order dated November 25.

The petitioner had sought permission to impart education in English medium from Classes 1 to 5, which was rejected by the State government in the wake of the notification dated November 11, 2014 . The notification, inviting applications for new schools (classes I to V) for the 2015-16 academic year, had stated that only Kannada medium schools will get the nod. The petitioners had contended that the State government’s decision to permit only Kannada medium school is violative of the apex court order dated May 6, 2014 on language policy.

Kambala: Notice to govt

The High Court on Thursday ordered notice to the State government in connection with a petition challenging the denial of permission for Kambala in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts earlier this month.

Hearing a petition by Mangaluru District Kambala Committee challenging the order of the Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner, Justice Abdul Nazeer ordered notices to the Udupi and Dakshina Kannada district administration, along with a direction to file objections.

The petitioners had contended that a ban on Kambala, citing the apex court order on Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, cannot be accepted, as there was neither a reference to Kambala in the Supreme Court’s order nor cruelty to animals in Kambala. Stating that Kambala was a popular rural sport and the committee had been organising it for the past three decades, the petitioners sought to stay the ban.

Belekeri iron ore scam

The High Court on Thursday directed the State government to file its objections in connection with a petition challenging the CBI inquiry ordered by the government into the Belekeri iron ore scam in 2009.

Hearing a petition by some private companies, the division bench directed the government to file its objections. The petitioners, citing the Delhi Police Act, contended that the State government could only recommend a CBI inquiry and not order it directly.
Eco-tourism

The High Court on Thursday directed the State government to file its objections to a petition challenging the government order to conduct adventure and eco-tourism operations only through the State-owned Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR).

Hearing a petition by Manasa Adventures challenging the State government order to conduct white water rafting across River Kali in Uttara Kannada district only through JLR, Dandeli, the division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice R B Budhihal directed the government to file its objections.

The petitioner contended that the directions amounted to monopoly of JLR in conducting the event and sought that an opportunity be provided to others, too, to encourage healthy competition.

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