New Delhi: A judicial panel set up by the Delhi High Court has recommended that more than 80 private schools have to refund the excess fees they had charged in 2009 without paying salaries to their staff as per the Sixth Pay Commission.

A three-member committee, headed by former Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice Anil Dev Singh, set up in 2011, examined the financial records of 150 schools on a random basis out of total 1,172 schools and submitted its fifth interim report before the bench headed by Justice B D Ahmed.

With this report, the committee has so far examined the financial records of 755 private schools in the city.

In the report, the committee said many schools “unjustly” increased the fees and recommended that all of them refund the same with 9 per cent interest to the parents.

“The committee has recommended refund of fee unjustly hiked by 80 schools. Among them are 26 schools, where the committee, besides recommending refund, has also recommended special inspection to be carried out by the Director of Education.

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