Shifting of Mirambika school: HC no to early hearing of case

The court also refused to lift the stay issued on the construction to convert the existing school building into a college.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:May 20, 2015 2:23 am

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused a plea by the Aurobindo Education Society for an early hearing on the case related to the shifting of the Mirambika Free School. The court of Justice Vibhu Bakhru also refused to lift the stay issued on the construction which had been started by the management to convert the existing school building into a college.

The Aurobindo ashram management had filed a plea before the court to lift the stay on the grounds that the renovation of the building was required to be completed before June 30 to get AICTE approval to start a college on the premises. The court will now take up the case on July 3.

The stay had been issued on a plea by a group of parents, who had objected to the “sudden” shifting of the school without informing the parents.

The petitioners have also submitted pictures to the court to show that the students were currently attending “classes” being held in the corridors of the ashram.

Interestingly, a different group of parents has also filed an application before the court, “committing their support” to the management.

The group includes parents of 58 children, and several teachers of the school. In its intervention application, the group of parents has claimed that the initial petition had “not brought correct facts forward” as the decision to shift the school had been discussed with parents in open general body meetings and the legal aspects of the shift had also been communicated.

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    Aggrieved Parent
    May 20, 2015 at 7:22 am
    First they made the diyas (teachers) lie to us, and now they are forcing these poor Diyas to lie under oath in this intervention peion. How devious can the Ashram Management can get. The decision of 'possible' shift was conve earlier. Later in meetings held on 11th and 12th April, it was told that the shift would happen to the Matri store block on July 1st. The parents were trying to find the legal opinion whether the shift was necessary at all. While all this was going on, they suddenly decided to shift on 13th evening (admitted by them in their application to the honourable high court) and then did the shifting. The parents were only informed about the shift AFTER it happened by an email sent in the afternoon of 14th April. The reason they shifted overnight in the clandestine manner is because they needed to give an affidavit to the AICTE later that 'there is no school running in the said space, and the management is not planning to run any school in the same space in future.' I sincerely hope all these parents of 58 children and the teachers are aware of all these facts before they signed for this application in the court.
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      With You
      May 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm
      There is a blog about this -- savemirambika.wordpress
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        havovie
        May 20, 2015 at 8:42 am
        The approach of Aurobindo Education Society, a charitable society, in this matter appears driven by some realtor exploiting the education sector to put up a front for converting black money into white. Who is funding the Society to kill its 30 year old pioneering Mirambika free progress school and make an engineering college instead. Why? This must be investigated.
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          Mirambikan Parent
          May 20, 2015 at 6:37 am
          Several parents of the 58 children mentioned above have expressed shock on their names being used in the case! They said that they were misinformed and miscommunicated by the Ashram Management into signing the support letter. They were told that the letters are being collected to show solidarity with the teachers but were not informed about them being used in court to justify or support the eviction of the children
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            Nidhi Bhalla
            May 21, 2015 at 6:21 pm
            When IE writes such articles, it makes me think.
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            1. C
              Concerned Citizen
              May 20, 2015 at 8:15 am
              Wow!! Never heard of a school being shifted clandestinely overnight. Parents and children it appears were told next day school will operate from a public building. Not sure if this is even possible or thinkable in regimes like North Korea. But it has been done in Delhi. In India! Isn't this some sort of a criminal act? fraud or misrepresentation of the worst kind? What happened to rule of law? Due process? Notice? What are the regulators doing? What is the Delhi govt doing?
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                Kunwar Narayan
                May 20, 2015 at 6:53 am
                On MArch 20th the ENTIRE school Children were secretly sent to Picnic during AICTE inspection. On MArch 28th rumors start floating about something 'wierd' going on, and parents write letter begging for town hall meetings. Even 2 days before the clandistine shift on 13th, parents were told that shift will be only on 1st July IF AT ALL. Now the Ashram management is claiming parents know. No wonder they got a scolding from the judge yesterday!!
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                  Kunwar Narayan
                  May 20, 2015 at 2:12 pm
                  slimy!! its a shame.
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                    Mirambika parent
                    May 20, 2015 at 8:10 am
                    It's disgraceful and shameful what the Ashram management has done. Their g vision of an engineering college is based on lies and deceit. They erased all traces of Mirambika overnight. Parents and children were not informed. On April 14, 2015 morning, our children's second home was taken away from them. All the Ashram Management lies need to be exposed.
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