The Calcutta High Court on Thursday sought the response of the state government on the issue of demand of fees by unaided educational institutions during the lockdown period.
A single bench of Justice C S Dias also referred the writ petition to a division bench, in view of the "substantial public interest involved".
The bench also made reference to the suicide of 14-year old Devika, which was allegedly due to her inability to join online classes as she did not she did not have a smart phone and a working television set in house. The Court noted that tight to education is sacrosanct in the Constitution of India and is the mandate under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
While making the reference, the Court also noted that several states have ordered that students should not be denied education for want of payment of fees during this pandemic period.