The Delhi government is asked by the Delhi High Court to respond to a plea accusing a private school of charging “excess” fees from students with physical disabilities in comparison to general students.
A bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notice to Delhi government’s Directorate of Education and also to private school Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Mehta Vidyalaya and sought their replies by November 21.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by civil rights society Social Jurists through its counsel Ashok Agarwal. The PIL alleged that Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Mehta Vidyalaya has been charging over 38 per cent extra fee from students with disabilities in comparison to the general ones.
The petition has sought court’s directions to the school to forthwith stop charging higher fee from disabled students and refund the excess fees charged in past three years.
According to the plea, the school has nearly 80 students with disabilities and the fee being charged from them is even higher than the maximum fee charged by the school from class XII general students.