Pay arrears to teachers or face jail: Bombay HC to school heads

Bombay High Court has directed the Trustees of SES English Medium School at Deolali in Nasik to forthwith pay salary arrears of the Fifth Pay Commission Report to teachers and file a compliance report by month end.

Mumbai: Bombay High Court has directed the
Trustees of SES English Medium School at Deolali in Nasik to
forthwith pay salary arrears of the Fifth Pay Commission
Report to teachers and file a compliance report by month end,
failing which they would have to face imprisonment.

Justice J H Bhatia, in a recent order, warned that if
the school management did not pay the arrears as directed by
the court, the trustees would be summoned to appear in person
to showcause why contempt action should not be taken against
them.

Justice Bhatia further directed the State Government to
de-recognise the school if the management did not pay the
salary as per the scales prescribed.

Justice Bhatia was hearing a contempt petition filed by
M S Hemani and others who complained that inspite of the High
Court order to pay the salary of the staff as per the Fifth
Pay Commission Report, the management had not obeyed it.

The petition contended that the teachers were paid meagre
salary and nearly Rs 66 lakh were due and payable.

The petitioners argued that the management had Rs 3 to Rs
4 crore reserve in bank and added that on October 16, 2001, a
division bench had ordered the school to pay salary as per the
Fifth Pay Commission recommendations.

Counsel for Petitioners, M P Vashi, claimed that the
school could afford to pay the arrears as the management was
collecting nearly Rs 34 lakh by way of tuition fees, term
fees, laboratory fees and miscellaneous fees per annum.

PTI

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