Chennai: School run by Actor Super Star Rajinikanth’s wife Latha Rajinikanth. The Ashram Matriculation school was sealed on Tuesday after the school management allegedly failed to clear rent dues amounting to Rs two crore, NDTV reported. Nearly 300 students studied at the Ashram Matriculation School aided by Raghavendra Foundation.
The school management has denied the allegations and said they will sue the owner, Venkateshvaralu, for defamation. “[By] taking the law into his hands, the landlord has created immense agony to the school, children, parents, and management today,” it said in a statement, NDTV reported.
School run by wife of superstar #Rajinikanth locked by landlord of building on charges that the rent agreed to was not being paid
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The school management has decided to vacate the premises and temporarily moved the students to a school near Velachery, reported India Today.
Venkateshvarulu said he had rented out the school ground for use in 2002. He said he had filed a case against the school management over a year ago as they had not paid the rent amounting up to Rs 10 crore.
“Their lawyer said that they cannot pay a huge amount and instead paid only Rs two crore,” the owner told India Today. “The service tax per month comes up to Rs 60,000 and I had to pay it last quarter. I can not do it again.”
The school management alleged that the owner has been charging an unfair and exorbitant rent. “We have been running our school in the premises of Guindy for more than a decade now. We have faced a lot of harassment in the recent past due to the landlord’s family disputes,” the management said