Staff Reporter

The contest was restricted to those following the State syllabi

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday permitted students belonging to schools with CBSE and ICSE syllabi (Central syllabus) to participate in a swimming competition organised for those studying in schools coming under the State Department of Education.

At least 19 parents and guardians of students studying in schools having Central syllabus, including Govindagiri, the father of Madhavai Giri, a ninth standard student, had moved the court challenging a July 10, 2006 notification by the Education Department restricting the swimming contest to be held in Gandhinagar in Gujarat on August 9 to "State" students (those studying under State syllabus).

In his petition, Mr. Govindagiri and 18 others said their children had excelled in swimming and it was unfortunate that the Education Department had excluded them from the sports meet.

Mr. Giri said his daughter, Madhavi Giri, had won swimming competitions at the State and national levels.

He said she had won the Kempe Gowda award (sports category) instituted by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. Mr. Govindagiri and others said it was arbitrary on the part of the authorities to leave out their wards from a sports meet. On its part, the Government submitted that the notification had called for State students to participate and it was issued under the Karnataka Education Act. It said the students taking CBSE and ICSE examinations came under the Centre and not the State. Justice B.S. Patil allowed the children of the petitioners to participate in the contest and said it would be subject to the final result of the writ petition. He adjourned further hearing on the case.

Report submitted

A child psychiatrist from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, who had been asked by the Karnataka High Court to examine a 10-year-old boy who is at the centre of a dispute between his biological parents and adopted parents, submitted a report to the court.

The psychiatrist, Ms. S. Sridhar, handed over the report to the State Public Prosecutor (SPP), S. Doreraju, on Tuesday who in turn handed it over to a Bench comprising Justice R. Gururajan and Justice N. Ananda.

The Bench had earlier directed the SPP to request the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) to depute a child psychiatrist to the High Court on July 31 and to examine the child.

While the biological parents said the child was taken away, the adopted parents claimed that the child was with them for nine years and that they had been given custody of the child. The Bench noted that the child was hardly 10 years old and in a matter like this, the interest of the child was paramount.

The Bench adjourned further hearing on the case.