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The Allahabad High Court today ordered that no coercive steps be taken against the chairman, director and principal of a Ghaziabad school who have been named in an FIR in connection with the death of a student inside the campus. A division bench, comprising justices Rajesh Dayal Khare and Ravindra Nath Kakkar, passed the order on a petition filed by Kavita Sharma and four others who have been named as accused in the FIR lodged on August 1 under IPC sections pertaining to causing death by negligence and causing disappearance of evidence. Sharma, the principal of G D Goenka Public School, has been named along with the school's chairman, director and two others in the FIR, which was registered in connection with the death of Arman Sahagal, who "fell down on the corridor of the school and thereafter taken to a hospital where he was declared dead". The petitioners had contended that "there is no direct involvement of any of the school employees or the management of the school" and "initiation of the present criminal proceedings is bad in law". Granting two weeks' time to the Additional Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh to "seek instructions with regard to the collection of documents of material evidence of the investigation which has been done till date", the court fixed August 28 as the next date of hearing. "Till the next date of listing, coercive action against the petitioners in the aforesaid case shall be kept in abeyance," the court added.
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