The Delhi High Court has held that the development fees cannot be charged to the parents of the students “during the current lockout period” when the schools are yet to be reopened.
Hearing the petition transferred by the parent association of a private school, the order dated 25 August expressed prima facie opinion by Justice Jayant Nath, who started charging annual and development fees along with tuition fees from July.
The court barred the school from taking annual and development fees from parents for the month of July until further orders.
It also issued a notice to the Delhi government and the school, stating its stand on the petition of the parents’ association, represented by advocate Gaurav Bahl.
The court listed the case for further hearing on 16 September.
By order, during the hearing via video-conference, the school argued that the lockdown was over and, therefore, it could impose annual and development fees.
However, the Delhi government, representing its additional permanent advocate Gautam Narayan, told the court that the 18 April circular of the Directorate of Education asked the schools not to collect annual and development fees during the lockout period, as none of them applied Is not. Physical open in schools.
Therefore, the Delhi government said, the school under consideration cannot charge annual and development charges until the lockdown period is over.
After hearing both sides, the judge stated, “Prima facie, in my opinion, it appears that the parents cannot be charged annual and development fees during the current and lockdown pendency.”
The court said that parents would have to pay tuition fees.