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Chhattisgarh High Court closes PIL related to admission of ‘Pahadi Korwa’ community students in government school

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The Chhattisgarh High Court closed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) raising the issue of admission of students belonging to the marginalised ‘Pahadi Korwa’ community.

The PIL has been filed by one Ramprakash Pandey.

Dilman Rati Minj ,counsel for the petitioner submitted that Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Jashpur Nagar, which is a Hindi Medium School, has 1033 students from class 6th to 12th. The said school has been identified for establishment of ‘Swami Atmanand Hindi Medium School’.

He further submitted that Swami Atmanand Hindi Medium School will admit only 40 students in each of the classes and in that event, the rest of the students, most of whom belong to marginalised ‘Pahadi Korwa’ community, pursuing their studies in Government Boys Higher Secondary School, will face uncertainty as there is no other school available.

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Meena Shastri, Additional Advocate General, on specific instructions from the Collector, Jashpur contended that  the apprehension of the petitioner that only 40 students per class will be admitted, is misplaced.

She categorically asserted before the Court that all the students studying in Government Boys Higher Secondary School will automatically be a part of the Swami Atmanand Hindi Medium School, which would have better facilities and therefore, the students, in fact, are going to be benefitted.

In view of the above submissions made by  Shastri,  Counsel for the Petitioner  submitted that the grievance of the petitioner no longer subsists and therefore, the petition may be closed reserving liberty to the petitioner to approach the High Court again in case any eventuality arises in future with regard to admission of the students.

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Having heard the counsel for the parties, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami  and Justice Gautam Chourdiya  disposed of the PIL recording the submissions of Ms. Shastri and further reserving liberty to the petitioner to approach the High Court, if need be.

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