Admit card withheld, State asked to take steps against school

The Delhi Government has been asked by the state consumer commission here to take steps to cancel the recognition of a private school which had withheld admit cards of several Class XII students.

A bench of Delhi State Consumer Commission also directed the Principal and Chairman of Bal Mandir Senior Secondary School at Vikas Marg here to pay Rs 75,000 as compensation to the father of a student for causing them mental agony and harassment by not giving the roll number.

"Let a copy of this judgement be sent to Director of Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi, to initiate proceedings for cancellation of recognition/ affiliation of Bal Mandir Senior Secondary School, Vikas Marghere and inform the state commission," the bench comprising

Member (Judicial) V K Gupta and Member S C Jain said.

The bench said, "This shows not only sheer negligence and deficiency on the part of the school in withholding the admit card/roll number of the student whose life is at a stake as all these 13 students, including the complainant's son, were to appear in Class XII examination so that they may take good marks and take admission in good college for further education."

The bench passed its order on a plea of East Delhi resident Shyam Sunder Aggarwal, who had challenged a district forum decision dismissing his complaint against the school. Setting aside the order of the forum, the commission said, "We find that the district forum has not considered various papers, which have been submitted by the complainant, therefore, we are constrained to hold the findings recorded by the district forum against the complainant are biased."

Aggarwal had said that the school had withheld his son's admit card, in 2009, and even failed to inform them about it. He said his son had to miss classes several times on medical grounds and had given a medical certificate for the same.

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