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Notice to Centre, UP govts on exemption from RTE Act

New Delhi: Supreme Court of India in response to a petition filed by Independent Schools Federation of India, an institution of private schools, to reconsider the verdict of this cour’s constitution bench according to which provisions of RTE (Right to (free and compulsory) Education Act will not apply to aided or unaided minority schools and that these schools will be totally free from following or implementing the provisions of RTE Act. Lawyer Ravi Prakash Gupta, arguing on behalf of the Federation requested the (Supreme) Court to reconsider this verdict of the year 2014 and said that if these provisions are not made applicable to minority schools, section 18 of this Act regarding their recognition by government should also not apply and because of this, government will not have any control over these schools and demanded that these schools should not be totally exempted from this Act and that at least the provisions of their recognition must be made applicable. UP government’s lawyer M. R. Shamshad however opposed the petition (of this Federation) on the ground that this petition (of the Federation) has been filed with a view to oppose the RTE Act itself. However, the bench of Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice U. U. Lalit after hearing the arguments of both lawyers issued notices to central and governments asking for their replies.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2016 on page no. 14

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