The Delhi High Court on Monday was approached by several students residing in North Delhi to reconsider its decision to shut down coaching centres which were running in residential properties. The students pointed out that any decision on this regard would lead to consequences in their careers.
The application was filed before a bench of chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C Hari Shankar by students studying at numerous coaching centres in Outram Lines, Kingsway Camp and Mukherjee Nagar. The main petition for the same is listed for hearing on October 9 when the bench is likely to take up the plea.
Keepining in mind that the civil services mains, judiciary and staff selection commission examinations are around the corner, a group of five students filed an application noting that they have already submitted the full fees to the coching centres.
“The applicants are at the most crucial stage of their life where their future will depend on their performance in the competitive exams and any hindrance and wastage of time will leave them behind, spoiling their future. There are around 20,000 students studying in the area of Mukherjee Nagar and the decision of the court would directly affect the career and future of the students,” said the plea file by advocates Arvind Singh and Amit Kocher, who are representing the students.
Delhi residents Sanjay Singhal and Kanchan Gupta had earlier filed petitions alleging that the city’s municipal corporation had allowed the illegal running of over 100 coaching centres on residential properties. These were built in the areas without conforming to the master building plans and the petitioners complained that it was causing overcrowding and “grave nuisance” to the residents.
“The main roads in front of the building being converted into parking space for the students and the employees of the coaching centres, creating bottleneck for the traffic apart from the nuisance due to noise and lack of water and electricity,” the petitioners said.
The court had earlier commented that people using residential lots as commercial properties have been “selfish” and earning profits without considering the convenience of their neighbours.