The Peerkankaranai police arrested the managing trustee and the correspondent of Srimathi Sundaravalli Memorial School, K. Santhanam, and four other trustees Selvakumar, 45, Karthikeyan, 53, Raghavan, 69, and Ranganathan, 23, on charges of demanding additional caution deposit of Rs. 2 lakh per child from April 2019.

This led to protests by a section parents at their schools in Alapakkam and Chromepet, who staged a demonstration in front of the police station and school campuses. He was charged under section 9 (i) of the Tamil Nadu Schools (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Act 2009 and sections 147, 294-B, 341, 342, 353, 384, 504, 506 (1), 507 of Indian Penal Code.

On Wednesday morning, several parents gathered in front of the schools supporting the management. One of the parents said the school had provided children quality education for more than three decades. It was unjustifiable to arrest a septuagenerian on the basis of some misinformation spread by a section of parents.

She said the management had withdrawn all three circulars issued earlier and agreed to negotiate with the parents who cannot afford to pay the additional amount. In the circular issued on Monday, the school management justified its stand in demanding ‘refundable caution deposit.’

“This announcement created a sense of insecurity in the minds of the parents, who form more than 80 per cent,” a parent of two children from Chromepet said.

The news of the arrest led to the announcement by the school management that the schools would be closed indefinitely, but the circular was withdrawn at the intervention of officials from School Education Department.

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