A Public Interest Litigation(PIL) was filed at Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) on Thursday, seeking appointment of Chairman of Fees Determining Committee. The petitioner, Karthi, in the petition had claimed that since December 2015, the post of Chairman of Fees Determining Committee for Private Schools, Tamil Nadu, is lying vacant. There are around 12,000 private schools in the state but the fees for the schools for the academic year 2016-17 have not been determined. Only the Chairman, a retired Judge, has the power to determine the fees for the schools and owing to the absence of Chairman the schools are charging exorbitant fees from the students. Upon hearing the petition HC had directed the government to file the counter affidavit by August 18.