Can’t direct States to reopen schools, says SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said it cannot direct States to reopen schools for physical teaching.

The apex court’s observation came as it dismissed a plea that sought directions to Centre and States to consider and take a time-bound decision with regard to the physical re-opening of schools and conduct of offline teaching.

The bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna orally remarked that the petitioner-school student may pursue his remedies with the government of the State, being the Delhi government, where he is based.

‘Ask your client to focus on studies in school and not involve himself in seeking constitutional remedies. See how misplaced this petition is. I am not saying it is a publicity gimmick but this is why children must not involve themselves in all this. Imagine the situation in Kerala, in Maharashtra. Whatever happens in Delhi, is the situation same in, say, West Bengal or Punjab?’, observed Justice Chandrachud at the outset.


NT Bureau