At, High Court of Karnataka
By, THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE A.S. BOPANNA
For the Petitioner: S. Basavaraj, Advocate. For the Respondents: R1 to R3, B. Veerappa, GA.
(Prayer: This Writ Petition Is Filed Under Article 226 Of The Constitution Of India With A Prayer To Declare That The Action Of The Respondents Of The Right Of Children To Free & Compulsory Education Act 2009 On The Boarding School Established & Run By The Petitioner I.E., Mysore Public School, Heggada Devana Kote Road, Mysore As Without Jurisdiction Of The True Copy Of The Same Is Produced & Marked As Ann-H And Etc.)
1. Petitioner is before this Court seeking for a declaration that the action of the respondents to enforce the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (`the RTE Act' for short) on Boarding school established and run by the petitioner, namely, Mysore Public School, Heggada Devana Kote Road, Mysore is without jurisdiction. The petitioner is also seeking that the respondents be restrained from enforcing the provisions of the RTE Act against the petitioner school.
2. Petitioner contends that it is a trust and is running a residential school known as Mysore Public School at Heggada Devana Kote Road, Mysore. The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (`ICSE' for short). In that view it is contended that the provisions of the RTE Act would not be applicable to residential schools. The grievance of the petitioner is that despite the said position, the respondents have issued the show cause notice dated 07.12.2013. Though the petitioner has replied to the same, the respondents without taking any decision on the same have sought to implement the provisions of the Act against the petitioner and in that regard public statements have also been issued that the petitioner is not adhering to the provisions of the RTE Act. It is in that circumstance the petitioner is before this Court.
3. Learned Government Advocate would submit that the petition is premature since no adverse order has been passed against the petitioner subsequent to the issue of the show cause notice. The learned Government Advocate further contends that the petitioners have not placed any material to establish that they are residential schools. In any event, these aspects would be considered while taking note of the reply submitted by the petitioner.
4. In the light of the above, the fact that a show cause notice dated 07.12.2013 (Annexure-H) has been issued to the petitioner is evident. It is also seen that the petitioner, in fact has replied to the same as at Annexure-J and Annexure-K. The case of the petitioner is that they are residential school and in that regard they are also relying on the guidelines as at Annexure-D to the petition. The said guideline is stated to be based on the decision of the Hon'ble Supreme Court in the case of Private Schools of Rajasthan Vs. Union of India and another. Though such contention has been put forth by the petitioner in the instant petition, taking note of the fact that the petitioner is before this Court at a stage when the show cause notice had been issued to the petitioner, it is appropriate that the respondents will have to be given the opportunity of taking note of the reply and thereafter passing an order in accordance with law. Needless to mention, if there are any further documents relied on by the petitioner it would also be open to the petitioner to submit the same to the respondents in addition to the reply that has already been made to the show cause notice dated 07.12.2013. On submission of the same, respondent No. 2
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shall take into consideration all aspects of the matter including the law laid down by the Hon'ble Supreme Court and thereafter take a decision and convey the same to the petitioner in accordance with law. Until a decision is taken by the respondents, they shall not precipitate the matter as against the petitioner. In terms of the above, the petition stands disposed of.