Hyderabad: Justice AV Sesha Sai of the High Court at Hyderabad stayed punitive action against Little Flower High School and other institutions run by the Brothers of Saint Gabriel Educational Society. The petitioner society filed a writ petition challenging the action of the authorities in fixing schedule for new admissions in entry classes ie, Nursery/Primary/LKG/1st for the academic year 2018-2019 for all private recognised un-aided and aided schools, including the schools of the Petitioner Society. The petitioner contended that the schools run by it were minority educational institutions and, therefore, not governed by the provisions of the Right to Education Act. The petitioner submitted that under Article 30(1) of the Constitution, all minorities, whether based on religion or language, shall have the right to establish and administer educational schools of their choice. The apex court had recognised this right and repeatedly held that the State has no power to interfere with the administration of minority institutions. Sarang Afzulpurkar, counsel for the petitioner, argued that the Right to Education Act do not apply to minority educational institutions as ‘the power under Article 21A of the Constitution vesting in the State cannot extend to making any law, which will abrogate the right of minorities to establish and administer schools of their choice.’
Cockfight: Courts asks for organisers’ details
A two-judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad, comprising acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice MSK Jaiswal, on Monday directed the Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh, to file a report on the details of the organisers of the cockfights at the identified playgrounds. The bench also directed the Chief Secretary to inform the status of disciplinary proceedings against tehsildars and sub-Inspectors of West Godavari district who erred in preventing cockfights during last year’s Sankranti celebrations. The bench earlier directed the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, AP, to identify the playgrounds, which were used for cockfights. Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh, appearing on behalf of the Chief Secretary and DGP, filed reports as directed by the bench. The reports stated that a total of 809 playgrounds were identified in East Godavari and West Godavari (136 in East Godavari and 673 in West Godavari). The additional affidavits filed by the District Collector, West Godavari, and District Superintendent of Police, West Godavari, named 43 tehsildars and 49 sub-Inspectors who failed to ensure prevention of cockfights. The additional affidavits were silent on the fact whether disciplinary proceedings were initiated against the tehsildars and sub-Inspectors named. The Advocate General stated that while the list of the details of the organisers would be furnished within two weeks, the State government would require a further one week to inform the action taken against them.