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The Delhi government has appealed before the Supreme Court that such a measure would “open the box for reimbursement and misuse of public money.”
The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the Delhi High Court’s order to provide free gadgets and internet connections to poor students for online classes to unaided private schools in the capital and claim reimbursement from the state government.
Hearing the appeal of the Delhi government against the High Court order, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde has also issued notice to the NGO ‘Justice for All’ on whose petition the order was made. Passing the order, the High Court said that the absence of gadgets or devices available in the same class would create a sense of inferiority in the minds of such students, which could affect their hearts and minds at any time. The Delhi government has appealed before the Supreme Court that such a measure would “open the box for reimbursement and misuse of public money.” On 18 September 2020, the High Court order came on a petition filed by NGO ‘Justice for All’.
It called for electronic devices such as laptops or smartphones with high-speed Internet packages for students enrolled under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and underprivileged groups in private schools. Filing the appeal, the Delhi government said that the decision to conduct online classes was taken voluntarily by private schools and the Delhi government never ordered it.