Shimla (Aug 2): Himachal Pradesh High Court today issued notices to the state government taking suo moto cognigence of a letter by Ajai Srivastava, chairman, Umang Foundation, requested the court to intervene for the protection of the rights of disabled students in the state.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Sanjay Karol has directed the secretary (education), secretary (social justice & empowerment), director, social justice & empowerment, director (education) and principal of Govt. Sr. Sc. School, Portmore, Shimla, to file reply within a month. The court further directed the parties not to charge any tuition fee and hostel fee from the three blind girl students who have been admitted in 11th class in Portmore School. The court has asked the principal to give details of the facilities provided to the three blind students in the school. The next date of hearing is fixed for 9th September, 2011.