In a blow to state education minister Vinod Tawde, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court has quashed and set aside his order to refuse closure permission to a city school which had decided to shut down due to financial constraints and other reasons.
The petitioner-trust Sikh Education Society has clarified that it was not closing down Gurunanak Primary and High School and Junior College at Bezonbagh but was only switching over from a government-aided institution to a private body. Currently, 4,000 students are enrolled at the school having 100 teaching staffers.
While pronouncing the verdict, the division bench of Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Swapna Joshi held the education minister’s order as “clearly illegal”.
Adv PA Abhyankar represented the petitioner while assistant government pleader BM Lonare stood for the state of Maharashtra. Adv RK Srivastava and Adv YB Mandpe represented 74 other respondents in the case.
As carried in TOI