New Delhi: Taking the plight of parents in consideration, the Delhi High Court has set up a three-member committee headed by Justice Anil Dev Singh, retired Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court to examine the validity of fee hike by private schools from 2009 onwards.

A two judge bench comprising Justice A K Sikri and Justice Siddharth Mridul, during the hearing of a PIL against the government's 2009 notification which allowed schools to hike their fees keeping in view the sixth pay commission, ordered the setting up of this committee.

The HC committee will audit the accounts of each school to ascertain if the hike was required and scrutinise the accounts of minority schools as well.

To conduct the auditing, CA J S Kochar and an official from the Directorate of Education to be nominated by the Delhi government's Chief Secretary has been included in the committee. The court ruled that in case the committee finds that the hike was not required, the schools would have to return the money to students with an interest rate of 9 percent.

Meanwhile, the HC asked the Delhi government to set up a stable regulatory authority to monitor the issue of fees in private schools.

The High Court also reviewed the report which was filed by CAG on March 17, 2011. It said the CAG conducted audit in only 25 private schools during 2006-2009 before the government notification for fee hike was issued which is too less.

(JPN/Bureau)