Case Studies

Anirudh Kumar Pandey vs Management Of Modern Public School and ors

COURT: High court of Delhi

DATE OF JUDGEMENT: 13th November,2017

JUDGE: Deepa Sharma and Siddharth Mridul

The appellant was in the employment of School as TGT (Music). While on duty, he was handed over a memo with regard to the charges for outraging the modesty of girl students and misbehaving with lady teachers. He was directed to submit his explanation within 24 hours. Instead of submitting the explanation within 24 hours, the appellant submitted his resignation, resigning from his service with immediate effect. The said resignation was accepted by the Managing Committee of the respondent School on the same date. The Appellant withdrew his resignation and filed a complaint before the Delhi School Tribunal wherein the Tribunal directed for reinstatement which was challenged by the school authority and the Single Judge set aside the Order of Delhi School Tribunal leading to the filing of an appeal.

The Delhi High court held that the school authorities should forward all the complaints received by them relating to sexual harassment of the young girls to the police so that necessary action can be taken on those complaints. The school authorities were also directed to extend their full cooperation with the police. The Court further emphasized on the fact that school is where a child is groomed for the society and it is the duty of every such institution to provide safe and healthy atmosphere for the psychological, cognitive and behavioral development of the students.