High court has also stayed the filing of an FIR against the school's branch in Mysuru

Karnataka HC stays CBSEs disaffiliation of NPS schools
news Education Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 10:10

Parents of National Public School students in Bengaluru and Mysuru can breathe a sigh of relief as the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday stayed CBSE’s orders of disaffiliation of six schools of the NPS group, reported The Hindu. 

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) withdrew its affiliation following allegations that NPS forged minority certificates issued by National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) to avoid setting aside 25 per cent seats for students allotted under Right to Education Act.

Six National Public School branches in Rajajinagar , Indiranagar, Koramangala, HSR layout, Mysuru and National Academy for Learning, Basaveshwara Nagar were accused of forgery.

Justice Anand Byrareddy heard the petition filed by the management boards of the schools. Apart from staying the disaffiliation, he also stayed further proceedings pursuant to an FIR filed in Mysuru against NPS International School in the city.

The petition said that they were not notified by the Karnataka government that lodged a criminal complaint. It also alleged that NCMEI officers disowned their signatures.

“The petitioner institutions were shocked and amazed by the act of NCMEI and device adopted by it and its officials in disowning their own signature,” contended the petitioners, who claimed Malayalam linguistic minority status.

Karnataka Department of Public Instruction filed a complaint against KP Gopalkrishnan, chairman of NPS Group of Schools in Karnataka with the police in August.

Commissioner for Public Instruction Sowjanya told The News Minute that a written complaint against the NPS was filed with the DPI about three years ago. She added that NCMEI officials pointed at various aspects like font and the letterhead that did not match the official format.

The certificates, which had to bear Director (Minority), DPIM Zohra Jabeen’s signature, were not signed by her.

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