The Bombay high court (HC) on Friday refused to grant relief to the principal of an Andheri school, who allegedly delayed the filing of a sexual misconduct complaint against a male teacher despite having been approached by students months before.
A division bench of Justices AV Mohta and Amjad Sayed has asked the principal, who has since been suspended, to approach the School Tribunal, which decides on the issue of termination of teachers, against the order of the school management.
The principal had approached the HC after she was chargesheeted and suspended by the school management for informing them of the incidents in December 2013, even though she received the first complaint in March 2013.
Sunil Dighe, advocate for the principal, argued that a girl student had approached her in March 2013 complaining of misconduct by her algebra teacher. However, the complaint was only verbal and without more details, he said. The principal then checked with the concerned class teacher but found nothing incriminating, added Dighe.
Later in August, when another girl complained, she took the necessary steps, said the advocate. Before acting against the male teacher, she had to have some proof, he added.
Shaikh Nasir Masih, advocate for the school management, said that they had decided to terminate the principal's services after conducting a proper inquiry. Though she received the complaint in March 2013, she informed the management only in December 2013, he argued.