New Delhi, Aug 7 (): The Apex consumer commission asked a Chennai school to refund Rs 25,000 to the father of a child, as the school pressurized the parent to pay the amount as donation for its New Auditorium Project (NAP) to admit his daughter there.
The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission’s direction came after the child’s father K Rajendran’s appealed against a Tamil Nadu State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission’s ruling through which his petition against Chennai (North) district forum’s order was cancelled.
The district forum, quashed the father’s complaint against Chennai’s CSI Ewart Matriculation Higher Secondary School by saying as the father of the child had paid the donation on his own desire, no deficiency in service is possible to the school for not refunding the amount.
Mr Rajendran in his complaint has stated that when he required an admission in the school for the sake of his second daughter, the school charged him Rs 25,000 towards the institute including Rs 5,220 towards tuition fee as well as special fees that included Rs 2,500 for constructing the building.
While referring to a fee slip that was issued by the school in which it was revealed that, according to NCDRC’s document donation of Rs 25,000 for the NAP was a condition for accepting the tuition fees. As per the terms in the fee slip it said fees will only be accepted after the payment of NAP by DD and uniform by cash.
“We partially permit the revision petition and order the school to refund Rs 25,000 which was collected from the petitioner through force in order to get an admission for the petitioner’s daughter to class LKG in February, 2001. The school is also bound to pay Rs 5,000 as cost to the petitioner,” said the bench.
The school which failed to appear before the apex consumer commission had earlier challenged the petitioner’s complaint by saying that the sum of Rs 25,000 paid by Rajendran was a voluntary donation towards the NAP and was not taken as a regular fees or special fees and hence was non-refundable.