The High Court on Friday ordered the government to appoint an administrator for the school, situated in Indiranagar, within two weeks. The school is run by the NGO NASEOH which has former director general of police AR Nizamuddin as its president.
The HC order came in a public interest litigation filed by a city advocate in 2012. The PIL alleged improper management of accounts by the NGO and the school. The NGO was started in 1975 and the school in 1982. Lakshmi R Nizamuddin was managing the affairs till her death in 2006. It was alleged in the PIL that even after the death of Lakshmi Nizamuddin and another signing authority Jayaram Goundar TH, bank account transactions continued to be conducted in Lakshmi's name.
The PIL alleged that the government had given 4 acres of land for the school, but part of this land was rented out to a cricket academy and a private school. Another portion was leased for 25 years to a private company from Kerala for `1 crore without approval from the government. The school had 200 students and 20 teachers got their salaries for the state government. But it was alleged that despite the aid, the school was collecting donations and fee from poor students and also other organisations.
The other allegations made in the PIL: that there was no election to the registered society running the school from 1988 onwards, scholarship amounts for the students were misappropriated and that provident funds of the employees were not paid. The PIL noted that the State Commissoner for Persons with Disabilities had conducted a suo motu inquiry into the affairs of the school and given a report in August 2012. The report had proposed the government should take over the school.
A division bench of the HC comprising acting chief justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and justice Ram Mohan Reddy heard the final arguments in the case on Friday. During the pendency of the PIL, the State Commissioner for Disabilities had submitted its final report. Taking note of it, the division bench disposed of the case with the direction to the government to appoint an administrator to take over the school.
* The HC order came in a PIL filed in 2012
* The PIL alleged the govt had given 4 acres of land for the school, but part of this land was rented out to a cricket academy and a private school
* Another portion was leased for 25 years to a private company from Kerala for Rs 1 crore without approval from govt