The Times of India ||
CHENNAI: Every year several thousand engineering students forego Rs 5,000 each, paid as caution deposit to their respective colleges. If about 1,000 students complete their courses and step out in a year, it would have made a smart Rs 50 lakh as ‘unclaimed bonus’. R Preethe of Vyasarpadi in Chennai resolved not to allow her college to illegally enrich itself with the money, which is collected as ‘refundable caution deposit.’ Having failed to get back the money despite her attempts for four years, she is now before the high court. An alumnus of Sri Venkateswara Institute of Science & Technology at Kolundhalur in Tiruvallur district, Preethe completed her course in June 2011. The college which was supposed to refund Rs 5,000 along with her transfer certificate did not do so. When several representations and reminders failed, she had to even approach police.
When nothing worked, she knocked on the doors of Madras high court. Justice M M Sundresh admitted the petition and issued notice to the college and other authorities, said her counsel A Sirajudeen on Thursday. “I belong to a middle class family and my father is a pensioner. The sum of Rs 5,000 is a big amount for me…I have visited the college many times for getting back the caution deposit. But, till date, it has not returned the deposit paid by my father. The college is unjustly retaining the amount due to me. With the intention of cheating me of my amount, the college management is saying one reason or the other and thereby denying me my amount for the past two and a half years,” Preethe said. The college is illegally keeping the money with a hope that no one would go to court for such a ‘small amount’ and that they would forget it, said Sirajudeen. None of about 100 classmates had got the refund of the money, she said, adding she had no other way except approaching the court for legal remedy. Pointing out that the secretary of higher education, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the superintendent of police of Tiruvallur district had abdicated their duties despite clear complaints and reminders, Sirajudeen urged the court to take action for refund of the caution deposit, besides other action. – Courtesy