The Madras High Court on Thursday vacated an interim stay given on October 15 on the operation of a Tamil Nadu Government Order relating to the participation of CBSE students in sport events organised by the State School Education Department.

The issue related to allowing the CBSE students to participate in the State competitions.

As per the G.O. of February 21 this year, with a view to rendering justice for the students of the Tamil Nadu School Education Department and CBSE, students of the Tamil Nadu Education Department should be permitted to participate in all CBSE Board competitions. As and when the procedure was followed, students of all educational boards would be equally placed.

Discrimination

denied

In its counter filed through Additional Government Pleader P. Sanjai Gandhi to writ petitions filed by the CBSE students to permit them to participate in sports events of the State school education authority, the School Education Department submitted that there was no discrimination against CBSE schools and the G.O. was to ensure that students of the State board and CBSE had equal opportunities and were not discriminated against.

If the CBSE students were allowed to participate in competitions organised by the CBSE, meant exclusively for them, and also permitted in State-board events, Central board students would be benefited doubly. Thus, they would corner all seats in the sports quota to the detriment of State board students.

P.H. Aravindh Pandian, Additional Advocate-General, appeared for the State Government.

The petitioners’ counsel said gymnastics was not a sports event in the CBSE sports meet.

Hence, the petitioners should be allowed to participate in the events conducted by the State Government.

Mr. Justice Hariparanthaman said if the petitioners had any grievance that the CBSE was not conducting gymnastics competition, they should request the Central board to include it.

After the hearing, the Judge listed the matter for final hearing with the consent of both parties.

He said that was inclined to vacate the stay and, accordingly, vacated the stay.

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