SRINAGAR: The J&K high court has granted week’s time as ‘mercy chance’ to over 50 coaching centres to comply with its order of depositing fee with registrar judicial for payment to a panel of judges appointed for Kashmir Valley.
“As per report of the Registry, out of 58 coaching and tuition centers, only six coaching centers have deposited the necessary fee (as directed by the court previously),” a division bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey observed during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation filed by ‘social activist’ Ahsan Untoo through advocate Mir Majid
At this stage, counsel for the coaching centres submitted that the defaulting owners may not be proceeded against for contempt of the court and one last mercy chance be given to them.
“Last chance of one week is given for complying with the court order. After one week, Registry shall frame rule against the owners of the coaching centres who fail to deposit the fee,’ the court added.
As per the court order, the coaching centres in Srinagar city shall have deposit Rs 10,000 while those operating outside it have to deposit Rs 7,000. This amount has to be distributed in equal share between the two judges who were part of the panel which inspected coaching centres in Valley to see various facilities required as per the law.
In another direction, the division bench asked Registrar Judicial of the Jammu wing to give information about the coaching centres of Jammu division who have deposited the fee and filed the undertakings in pursuance of court order.
On last date of hearing, the court had appointed former district judges, Chowdhary Vidyasagar and Nazim-u-din, as members of a two-member panel to inspect coaching centres in Jammu in order to verify the undertaking filed by owners of the institutes regarding infrastructure and facilities provided to students.
The panel is to inspect all the coaching or tuition centres to find out if the undertakings given by them in court were being followed. The panel is also tasked to find out whether the coaching centres have complied with the J&K Regulation of Private Tuition Centres Rules of 2010.
Meanwhile, the court took on record a compliance report filed by Commissioner Secretary to School Education. However it said that the report will be considered on next date next month.