Dear Readers, please keep the following in mind:
(i) On 18th Nov 2015, almost 3 weeks after Mirambika Management Committee decided to stop admissions, parent petitioners had filed an application for interim relief that prayed for the Judge to require Mirambika to admit fresh students next year .
(ii) On 20th Nov 2015 the Judge rejected this application of the parent petitioners relying on SAES statements that it was not planning to close the school. In his related order the Judge directed SAES to inform the DoE, if it wanted to stop admissions, that it intended to close Mirambika.
Now, here are the main points from the Court proceedings of yesterday afternoon:
a. The Judge asked PJ / SAES lawyer whether Mirambika planned to proceed with nursery admissions for 2016-17. He replied that admissions would be kept in abeyance for the time being. The Judge then asked whether SAES now intended to shut down Mirambika even though the new building was good? He also asked if SAES could suspend admissions without DoE approval.
b. The lawyer representing the parent petitioners read out the Minutes of the 31 Oct 2015 Mirambika Management Committee meeting wherein it was resolved not to admit children to the nursery or any other class during the academic year 2016-17.
c. As the lawyer for the DoE was conveniently absent, the Judge asked some official present from the DoE at the 31 Oct 2015 Mirambika Management Committee meeting to confirm its minutes wherein it was resolved “not to admit children to the nursery or any other class during the academic year 2016-17”. Some DoE official said that he had objected to Mirambika Management Committee’s decision to suspend admissions in Mirambika’s at the 28th Nov 2015 meeting.
d. Thus the 31 October Mirambika Management Committee meeting minutes contradict SAES statements to the Court about its intention regarding suspension of admissions into and closure of Mirambika.
e. Most importantly, the Judge has summoned the Director of Education Padmini Singla or Deputy Director Renu Sharma to appear before him at the next hearing at 330 pm on 21st Dec 2015.