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Principal booked for detaining students

The Pune police have booked Sister Joanna,the principal of Saint Joseph’s School in Khadki,under Section 341 of the Indian Penal Code for unlawfully detaining 25 students in the school on Wednesday.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
March 20, 2009 1:13:54 am

The Pune police have booked Sister Joanna,the principal of Saint Joseph’s School in Khadki,under Section 341 of the Indian Penal Code for unlawfully detaining 25 students in the school on Wednesday.

Prabhakar Ashok Kolkam,whose daughter Shilpa is a Class IV student at the school,had lodged a complaint with the Khadki police in this connection. He had alleged that the school authorities confined the girls studying in Class III and IV and asked their parents to pay the fees of Rs 450 each.

Senior police inspector Ashok Shejal of Khadki police told the media that the principal was booked after conducting an inquiry into the matter. “We have found that the students were confined unlawfully. The school authorities were not aware of the law. But still an offence has been lodged against the principal,” he said.

Police said Sister Joanna’s statement has been recorded. She reportedly said in her statement that there is no government grant for classes I-IV at the school. The students were told to stay back because the financial year was coming to an end and it was necessary to collect fees from them for conducting the audit,she has reportedly said.

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