Bengaluru: While upholding the new rule that disallows admission under RTE quota seats in unaided private schools, when a government or private aided school is available in the neighbourhood, the Karnataka High Court has rejected a batch of petitions challenging the legality of the government's new rule.
Several organisations, and parents of children seeking admission under the RTE Act and RTE Students and Parents’ Association had sought directions to declare the amendment of Rule 4 of the Karnataka Right of Children to free and compulsory education Rules 2012, notified on January 30, 2019 as null and void on the ground that it is a violation of fundamental rights of children guaranteed under Article 21 A of the Indian Constitution.
The government had contended that allowing admission in unaided private schools under RTE quota, when government schools were located in the neighbourhood, will be destroy the very purpose of the RTE Act.
The High Court has upheld the state government's move in notifying Kappatagudda forests as a wildlife sanctuary under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The state government had previously notified Kappatagudda as a ‘conservation reserve’ and later in May this year, the state declared it as wildlife sanctuary. The state notified it following series of protests citing flora, fauna, geomorphological and ecological importance which needs to be protected and conserved.
HC issued a notice to Election Commission of India, and State Chief Electoral officer following a PIL filed by Shivakumar Hosamani, of Samarpana Cultural and Social Service Organisation. The PIL, states that 1.83 lakh names were deleted from the list in Bengaluru after the May 2018 elections.