Madras HC grants interim relief to Coimbatore School in FIR Over Students' Presence at PM's Roadshow

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It was alleged that the school called parents to pick up children due to PM's roadshow nearby on March 18. When 32 parents didn't show up by 4 pm, teachers took the children to the event

The headmistress of a middle school in Coimbatore has filed a plea before the Madras High Court to quash a criminal case against the school management. The case involves taking 32 students in uniform to a roadshow by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 18, 2024.

Justice N. Anand Venkatesh, on March 28, 2024, ordered the Additional Public Prosecutor A. Damodaran to take instructions from the Inspector of Sai Baba Colony police station in Coimbatore city by April 3, advising against any coercive action until then.

The Coimbatore city police filed the First Information Report (FIR) under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, based on a complaint by District Child Protection Officer Pavithra Devi on March 19.

The complaint alleged that 32 students were taken to a roadshow by their teachers without parental consent, as parents did not pick them up by 4 pm. 

However, headmistress S. Pukal Vadivu, in her petition to quash the FIR, asserted that the complaint was false and vindictive, emphasizing that the school took all necessary precautions. She argued that the allegations didn't merit Section 75 of the JJ Act and requested the FIR's dismissal.

[Source: The Hindu]