A school has been slapped with a fine of Rs 10 lakh for collecting excess fee from students. The excess fee of Rs 1.5 crore has also been ordered to be refunded by the Deputy Director of Public Instructions (DDPI). The High Court has however said the reply to the show-cause notice was not considered and so the DDPI order is not perfect.
The Crescent Education and Welfare Trust which runs the Crescent School in Sidlaghatta approached the High Court against the order of the DDPI, Chikkaballapura, dated July 27, 2018. The DDPIU order said that since the school had failed to return the excess fee collected from the students/parents. The District Education Regulating Authority decided to impose a fine of Rs 10,00,000. The excess fee of `1,53,78,136 should be returned within 15 days, the order said.
The Trust challenged this order in the HC. The HC said there was merit in the Trust’s arguments. “It is not forthcoming as to how Rs 1,53,78,136 has been determined to be the excess fee collected. It is also not clear as to how a hefty fine of Rs 10,00,000 could be levied by holding the proceedings casually when they merited serious consideration. The impugned order cannot be termed to be a speaking order at all since it does no reflect the due application of mind, to the reply given by the petitioner-Trust,” the HC said. The DDPI has to decide on the matter in two months.
Source: Bangalore Mirror