HC seeks Army, Delhi govt.’s replies over relocating school students

The Delhi High Court asked the Army and the AAP government on Tuesday where did they propose to shift the students studying in a dilapidated 100-year-old school building in the Cantonment area here.

A Bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar directed the Army and the Delhi government to give details of the class-wise vacancies in the nearby schools, where the 326 students of the Rajputana Rifles Heroes Memorial Senior Secondary School could be accommodated.

“We want to see what is the capacity of these schools. Whether there are vacancies there. Where will the children go? Will they sit in the corridor or on the terrace or under a banyan tree?” the Bench said and asked the Army how was it seeking relocation of the children into nearby schools without first ascertaining if there were any vacancies there. The Bench also said the children should have been moved to other schools by now and asked, “What if something were to happen?”

Good conscience

When the Additional Standing Counsel of the Delhi government, Sanjoy Ghose, said the authorities were acting in good conscience to find a better solution to the problem, the court said, “Is good conscience an argument when the building is in a dilapidated state and if something were to happen?”

The Bench also asked the Army whether it had any other plans for the 3.229-acre land where the 100-year-old school was located as it was unwilling to hand over the site to the Delhi government for building a new school there.

The Bench directed the Army and the Delhi government to file affidavits by August 5 indicating where the children could be shifted.

The order came on a PIL filed by NGO Social Jurist, which has alleged that the Rajputana Rifles School, in existence since 1919 and taken over by the Delhi government in 1975, is in a horrible condition. The plea has said though the school is open for all, it mainly caters to the children of the servants of military officials.

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