Saying his “heart still cries” for students who were admitted to Bal Bharti Public School under EWS quota through forged documents, Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw of Delhi High Court has said they cannot be allowed to study in the school in the general category because it would send a “wrong signal”.
The court’s observation came Wednesday as it dismissed petitions filed by three students who appealed to be allowed to continue their studies in the same school by paying their entire fees, and in the general category.
They were expelled from the school after an inquiry by the SDM found economically weaker sections (EWS) certificates given at the time of their admission were fake.
“Though my heart still cries for the petitioners who are of very raw age and dependent upon their parents/guardians for their well being… the fact remains that granting of such relief with such considerations will ultimately benefit the parents of the petitioners who… have themselves indulged in illegality in the matter of admission of the petitioners to the school,” the court said in its order.
“Allowing the petitioners to continue in the school, in my opinion, would send a wrong signal/message and encourage others to indulge in such practices under the belief that even if they are to be caught in future, they have to, at best, pay monetarily,” the order issued by Justice Endlaw added.
Pointing out the students could enroll themselves in a municipal or government school, the court said it could not allow the maximum limit on the number of students in each class fixed by the school to be exceeded for accommodating the students.
The court said it earlier considered the option of allowing the students to study in the school after paying fees, but on further consideration decided such a direction was not needed. The court stated, “… the petitioners/their fathers from their own conduct had disentitled themselves from any equitable relief.”
In June, Delhi Police had unearthed an admission racket in which income certificates were forged to help ineligible students get into schools in the capital under the EWS quota.
While one such “EWS” student came to school in a Jaguar, others were found to be children of affluent businessmen. The Bal Bharati Public School in Pitampura accounted for 60 of 250 such admissions, the largest in a single school.