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Supreme Court yesterday issued notice to the Central government, CBSE and State of Haryana in a petition seeking guidelines to ensure safety of students in school and to fix liability on schools in the event of any violation of such guidelines.
The petition filed by one Barun Chandra Thakur, the father of the 7-year old boy who was murdered at Ryan International School in Gurugram, also seeks a CBI probe into the murder.
A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud heard the matter.
In a petition drawn and settled by Advocate Sushil Kumar Tekriwal and filed by advocate Venkateswara Rao Anumolu, the petitioner has given details of various incidents in different schools across the country which had resulted in the death of students.
“This Hon’ble Court has been approached by the petitioner herein keeping in view the flagrant violations culminating into the vulnerability of the security and safety of the children studying in the schools all across the country which is not confined to one particular State and therefore the extra ordinary original jurisdiction of this Hon’ble Court under Article 32 of Constitution of India has been invoked.
Many children have lost their lives in the premises of different schools however, management of the schools have not taken any responsibility and have continued to operate in the same manner without any improvement and with full implement.”
The petitioner has made, inter alia, the following prayers:
The Court issued notice returnable in three weeks.
Read the petition below.