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HC refuses to cancel bail of Kallakurichi school staff

The first bench of Acting Chief Justice T Raja and Justice D Krishnakumar passed the direction when advocate B Rathinam made a mention before the bench.

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Wednesday refused to initiate suo-moto proceedings against the issuance of a bail order for the Kallakurichi private school's chairman/correspondent, his wife, who is the secretary of the school, the principal, and two teachers.

The first bench of Acting Chief Justice T Raja and Justice D Krishnakumar passed the direction when advocate B Rathinam made a mention before the bench. The advocate recalled a representation made by him with the signs of 70 other advocates.

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In his representation, advocate Rathinam noted that bail should not be granted for Kallakurichi private school management people, the principal and two teachers as the investigation in the mysterious death of a Class 12 girl student and the subsequent violence is not over. The lawyer pointed out that the judgment of a single judge declaring that the schoolgirl died only of suicide should be set aside.

The advocate further asked the judges today to take suo-motu cognizance to cancel the bail given to the people connected with the school.

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However, the ACJ observed that the court has been receiving hundreds of representations from so many people and it cannot initiate suo-motu proceedings on every representation. The court also insisted to advocate Rathinam that it will consider the representation.

On July 13, a Class 12 girl studying in a private school at Kaniyamoor of Kallakurichi district mysteriously lost her life. Days after her death, a protest was conducted near the school premises and the same spurt into violence.

The police arrested school correspondent Ravi Kumar, Secretary R Shanthi, principal Shiva Shankaran and teachers Hari Priya and Krithiga.

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