Fee fiasco: SC asks committee to decide within 3 weeks

New Delhi: Putting an end to the DAV school fee fiasco, the Supreme Court on Friday in its much-awaited order asked the interim committee of the state government to decide on the matter within three weeks.
The apex court bench has also ordered the DAV school authorities to submit all supporting documents regarding proposed fee to Justice Mohapatra committee within a week which will take a final decision on this within three weeks. 
Justice Mohapatra committee has been given four weeks time to intimate the SC bench on the decision.
The next hearing will take place after four weeks.
Expressing displeasure over the state government’s dilly-dallying in taking a decision, the court observed that the matter has severely affected the academic ambience of these schools.
Earlier this month, the SC had asked DAV school authorities not to compel the guardians to deposit hiked fees as the matter is sub-judice.
DAV school authorities and parents association are at loggerheads in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar for the last five months after the former increased school fees by almost three times and asked the students to pay the revised fee with retrospective effect from June 2012. 
The parents association on the other hand opposing the move said that since the matter was sub-judice the school authorities can’t hike the fee.
The matter worsened further in January after some parents allegedly manhandled a principal of a school at Cuttack. The teachers of all 45 DAV schools in the state had boycotted classes protesting against the alleged attack and submitted a memorandum to Governor in this regard.

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