|Principal Helen Sircar at Barrackpore court on Monday
Helen Sircar, the principal of the vandalised Christ Church Girls’ High School, was granted a three-month bail extension after she appeared before a Barrackpore court on Monday.
Sircar stood at the door of a packed courtroom and raised her hand as the court officer called out the case number. The magistrate saw the principal on the doorway and approved her bail extension.
She was arrested on September 12 after a mob comprising guardians and outsiders ransacked the Dum Dum school protesting the death of a Class V student and demanded immediate resignation of the principal. The police did little to stop the mob but made the principal seek a public apology and then arrested her.
She had to spend three days in police custody before obtaining bail on September 16.
The bail came with the condition that she would have to appear before the court on the dates prescribed by the magistrate to seek an extension of her bail till the case is resolved.
She will have to appear before the court next on December 31.
Sircar reached the court premises around 1.30pm and remained seated in an SUV with members of her family outside the court. Half an hour later she walked to the courtroom but could not enter because of the crowd.
She was waiting outside the door when the officer called the case number. Her lawyer told the magistrate that Sircar was present in the court and she raised her hand.
The magistrate looked and gave her bail. Within seconds, Sircar walked out of the court.
When the school reopened, after a 15-day shutdown, the assistant headmistress took charge. A school spokesperson on Monday said: “Sircar had applied for leave, citing poor health. She is free to choose when to rejoin work. We will not pressure her.”