HC asks how kids wearing school uniform at PM’s rally is an offence | India News

CHENNAI: How can the mere presence of schoolchildren in uniform during the road show participated by prime minister Narendra Modi lead to registration of a criminal case against the school concerned, asked Madras high court on Thursday.
Justice G Jayachandran also directed the Coimbatore police to file an explanation by April 8 justifying registration of an FIR against Sai Baba Vidhyalayam Middle School under the Juvenile Justice Act.
The court issued the direction on a plea moved by the school management challenging the FIR registered against it on charges of sending students in uniform to a road show organised by BJP in which the prime minister participated on March 18.
Responding to the query, the prosecution submitted that the school had caused unnecessary mental and physical suffering to the 32 children by taking them to the road show. To this, the judge wondered how such an FIR could be filed merely based on a complaint filed by the District Child Protection Officer, who came to know about the issue only through media reports. The court observed that police registered the FIR as a knee-jerk reaction to media reports.
“When we were children, we used to go to see celebrities and politicians during their election campaigns. The issue would have large scale bearing and needs to be addressed,” the judge said. The court also extended the interim protection granted to the school against coercive action till further orders.
“The complaint is false and has been filed with a vindictive attitude just to harass the school management. There was no communication from the school education department as regards the measures to be taken to ensure safety of children in view of security arrangements for the prime minister’s visit,” the Sai Baba Vidhyalayam Middle School authorities said.
However, the school management had taken all possible efforts to ensure that children were taken back to home and instructions were given to parents, it said. While so, the allegation that the school children were taken in uniform to see the prime minister is absolutely false and untrue, the school added. “The allegation that the school had taken the children by force for election campaign is unfounded and the management is harassed by lodging a complaint with political vendetta,” the school said.

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