School's power supply cut: Court slams government

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw Wednesday took note of the matter and directed a private power distribution company that "in future the electricity of any school should not be disconnected without a week's prior notice".

The bench also held that if the pending bills of schools were not paid within a week, the official(s) responsible for the lapse will be held in contempt of court.

The court's direction came on a petition filed by advocate Ashok Aggarwal that there was no electricity in both shifts of the Delhi government-run Zeenat Mahal Senior Secondary School in east Delhi since Aug 22.

After the court's intervention, the department of education gave an undertaking to the power company that a bill would be paid within one month and the school's electricity supply was restored Aug 28.

The power company disconnected the electricity supply for non-payment of the bill amounting to around Rs.22 lakh.

Aggarwal submitted that the 9,000 girls and boys,studying in two shifts at the sschool, were facing difficulties.

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