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.