Case of teacher’s death from Corona: High Court ban on investigation against Principal and Vice-Principal

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JNF, Jammu

Published by: Prashant Kumar
Updated Tue, 08 Jun 2021 03:15 PM IS

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The judge, after hearing the arguments, observed that the present ground of the inquiry report does not establish that the appellant has committed any offence. Therefore, the investigation in the matter will be stayed till the next hearing.

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The High Court has stayed the investigation in the FIR registered against the Principal and Vice Principal of Presentation Convent School, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. It is alleged that a school teacher died of corona due to the principal. On Monday, Justice Sanjay Dhar heard the petition related to this matter and ordered that the investigation of the matter be stayed till the next hearing.

Teacher Neelu Varinder had died on 9 May. Many complaints reached ADC Jammu regarding this. After this the inquiry was ordered. The investigating officer gathered a lot of evidence. In the investigation it was said that FIR should be registered against the principal. After this an FIR was registered. It was said that a case should be registered for violating Kovid and the matter should be investigated.

Appellant’s counsel Adarsh ​​Sharma submitted in the Court that the contents of the investigation report which has been reproduced in the impugned FIR do not constitute any criminal offense against the petitioners. The deceased teacher was never called to the school after April 24. Whereas the administration ordered after April 27 that no teacher should be called to the school. The school management did not force any teacher to come to the school.

The only allegation against the petitioners in the inquiry report is that some of the staff members raised an issue that they were directed to attend the school despite the transporters’ strike. There is no dispute about the rest.

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The High Court has stayed the investigation in the FIR registered against the Principal and Vice Principal of Presentation Convent School, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. It is alleged that a school teacher died of corona due to the principal. On Monday, Justice Sanjay Dhar heard the petition related to this matter and ordered that the investigation of the matter be stayed till the next hearing.

Teacher Neelu Varinder had died on 9 May. Many complaints reached ADC Jammu regarding this. Thereafter the inquiry was ordered. The investigating officer gathered a lot of evidence. In the investigation it was said that FIR should be registered against the principal. After this an FIR was registered. It was said that a case should be registered for violating Kovid and the matter should be investigated.

Appellant’s counsel Adarsh ​​Sharma submitted in the Court that the contents of the investigation report which has been reproduced in the impugned FIR do not constitute any criminal offense against the petitioners. The deceased teacher was never called to the school after April 24. Whereas the administration ordered after April 27 that no teacher should be called to the school. The school management did not force any teacher to come to the school.

The only allegation against the petitioners in the inquiry report is that some of the staff members raised an issue that they were directed to attend the school despite the transporters’ strike. There is no dispute about the rest.

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