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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has stayed the Kerala High Court order permitting admission to Class 1 in Kendriya Vidyalaya in Alappuzha. The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) which sponsors the school had announced the closure of the school earlier.
The bench comprising Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Vikram Nath issued an interim stay on the High Court order while considering a plea filed by the NTPC.
The apex court also sent notices to the Congress MLA Ramesh Chennithala who moved a PIL against the closure of the school, state-union governments and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan(KVS).
As NTCP announced the closure of the Kendriya Vidyalaya in the academic year 2022-23, KVS had decided to shift students there to other schools. Amidst this, Chennithala approached the High Court with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the closure of the school. Following this, the Kerala High Court revoked the proposal to close the Kendriya Vidyalaya in Alappuzha.
In the order, the Kerala High Court observed that the school should not be closed in one shot. If necessary disband the school step by step, proposed the HC. The court permitted admission to class 1 by considering Covid-19 pandemic situation also.
Following the court’s order, NTPC approached the Supreme Court. The counsel for NTCP pointed out that since 2015, there is no production at its Alappuzha unit(Kayamkulam). The school is situated on NTPC campus. They made it clear that the unit is about to shut down its operation and there is no possibility of reviving it. The apex courts intervention comes in the wake of this.