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Hearing on contempt plea put off

Hearing on contempt plea put off

Published: 27th April 2013 09:25 AM
Last Updated: 27th April 2013 09:25 AM
The High Court on Friday adjourned proceedings on a contempt petition filed against commissioner for public instructions, S R Umashankar,  who issued a circular stating that all unaided minority schools and institutions will come under Right To Education Act, 2009, and they are bound by the Act.
A division bench, headed by Justice N K Patil, adjourned the case till after the vacation, for further hearing.
Meanwhile, Umashankar filed an affidavit stating that he has not violated the court order intentional and deliberately.
The counsel representing the Karnataka State Minorities Education Institutions’ Managements’ Federation said that Umashankar has issued a circular on February 5 stating that the all the unaided minority educational institutions come under RTE Act and all rules under the Act will be applicable to these institutions.
Later, when a case was filed in the court about this circular, he issued another circular on April 24 stating that other sections of RTE Act 2009 are not applicable to unaided minority schools, and hence no initiative is taken by the department to enforce the RTE Act on unaided schools which have been granted minority status by the competent authority. This, he did to cover up for his mistake, said the counsel.

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