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Pradeep Singh

Amid the allegations of several schools demanding exorbitant fees in the State, as many as 24 students of a private schools in Odisha have accused their institute of demanding money to take admission in Class 11 in the same school to get good scores in Class 10.

The students also moved the Supreme Court; and hearing their plea, the SC on Monday sought a response from the private school for allegedly demanding money and putting undue pressure on the students.

According to PTI, a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar took note of the submission of the lawyer of the students and issued notice to St Xavier International School in Bhubaneswar.

“The counsel for the petitioner submits that in terms of liberty granted by this court, a copy of the petition has been given to the respondents. None appears for Respondent 3 (school). Accordingly, issue notice returnable on February 14...,” ordered the bench.

The apex court had earlier also issued notices to the CBSE and the Centre on the plea filed by students, including Subhashish Behera, through lawyer Mamta Sharma.

In the plea, the students alleged that those who agreed to the demands of the schools were granted good marks while marks of those opposed to the school’s direction were deducted arbitrarily and illegally.

Meanwhile, the school authorities could not be contacted to comment on the allegations of the students.

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