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Karnataka HC allows withdrawal of plea challenging conduct of intermediate semester examinations by Karnataka State Law University

It was contended that KSLU’S notification for the conduct of exams from October 5 was a deviation of the UGC's revised guidelines dated July 9.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court today dismissed as withdrawn a petition challenging the conduct of intermediate semester examinations by Karnataka State Law University, scheduled for October.

The Court, however, granted liberty to petitioner Purbayan Chakraborty to file an individual petition.

When the matter came up for hearing today, the Division Bench of Justices BV Nagarathna and Ravi Hosmani questioned the petitioner on the maintainability of the plea.

"How can you file a PIL?", asked the Bench.

The petitioner responded that it was filed "in larger public interest...." Further, he contended that there would be no other way to represent the student community.

However, the Bench expressed its dissatisfaction at this argument. The Bench eventually granted him permission to withdraw the plea.

The petitioner, appearing as party-in-person, had contended that there was no way that intermediate exams could be conducted right now, in contravention of the guidelines issued by University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Bar Council of India (BCI).

Last week, Chakraborty, a student of KSLU, had moved the PIL before the Karnataka High Court challenging the conduct of intermediate semester examinations from October 5, arguing that the same would affect the fundamental rights of the students.

It was contended that KSLU’S notification for the conduct of exams from October 5 was a deviation of the UGC's revised guidelines dated July 9.

The notification, it was argued, also went against a Government Order mandating universities in the state to evaluate students other that those in the graduating batch by a formula based on the scores of previous semesters and internal examinations.

Chakraborty further recorded that KSLU was mandating the conduct exams pursuant to a Bar Council directive issued in May, which he argued was outdated, given the rise in COVID-19 cases.

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