HC refuses to stay talent hunt

Saturday, 27 October 2012 14:21 administrator
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OCT 27, 2012 HYDERABAD: A division bench of the high court on Friday refused to stay FIIT-JEE's talent examination for school students scheduled for October 28, 2012.

It, however, directed FIIT-JEE, New Delhi not to admit any student in any course in any of the institutions run by it till further orders.

The bench comprising justices R Subhash Reddy and KG Shankar was dealing with a public interest petition filed by Balala Hakkula Sangam, a unit of a city-based child rights society which was seeking a ban on the talent hunt conducted by FIIT-JEE for students between classes V to X.

The bench, in its interim order, said that the proposed 'FIIT-JEE talent reward exam' could go ahead but the institution could not admit any student till further orders and It directed for issuance of notices to the respondents and posted the matter for hearing after three weeks.

The petitioner had submitted to the court that the tests conducted by FIIT-JEE were in violation of the Right to Education Act and the rights of children. School students are made to write these tests in the name of taking part in a talent hunt but are then influenced to join certain corporate institutions.

It named the principal secretary in the school education department, the commissioner and director of school education and FIIT-JEE, New Delhi as respondents.

A vacation bench comprising Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice K G Shankar of the AP High Court on Friday stayed all further proceedings pending against the managing committee of the AP High Court Employees Mutually Aided Co-operative Housing Society Ltd in Charminar police station of the city.

The bench was dealing with an appeal by the AP High Court Employees Mutually Aided Co-operative Housing Society Ltd against an interim order of a single judge directing that the Additional Registrar/District Cooperative Officer, Hyderabad (Urban) District shall consider initiation of criminal proceedings against those who are found responsible for the commissions and omissions as pointed by the inquiry officer in his report under Section 31 of the Act.

An inquiry which was conducted by the Cooperative department found that the managing committee the society has committed commissions and omissions on as many as 28 counts including improper accounting and financial misfeasance.

The Additional Registrar following the interim direction lodged a complaint with the Charminar police against the managing committee. Aggrieved by it the managing committee moved the High Court with an appeal.

The bench ordered that there shall be interim suspension to the extent of the direction for initiation of criminal proceedings and further there shall be an stay of all further proceedings pending before the Charminar police.