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Shahjahanpur case: Supreme Court allows LL.M. student to pursue her education from another institute
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Shahjahanpur case: Supreme Court allows LL.M. student to pursue her education from another institute

Aditi Singh

The Supreme Court today allowed the LLM student from Shahjahanpur, who had earlier gone missing after levelling allegations of sexual harassment against Swami Chinmayanand, to apply for admission in another University in order to complete her LL.M. course.

The Court today also allowed her brother to apply for addmission to another college to complete his LL.B.

The order was passed by a Bench of Justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna after Additional Solicitar General Vikramjit Banerjee informed the Court that arrangements had been made in order to transfer the LL.M. student from SS Law College and accommodate her in another institute.

The Court has given four weeks time to the girl, Miss A and her brother to apply for admission. The fee that has been paid by her shall be adjusted against the fee payable to the new institutes. Miss A and her brother shall also be given residential facilities in the new University’s hostel.

Meanwhile, the Court also clarified that the girl and her parents were now free to take their own decision and move back to Shahjahanpur.

The Court has nonetheless added that the Delhi Police shall ensure safe passage to them till they reach Shahjahanpur.

On being informed by the ASG, that the two institutes to which Miss A and her brother are to be transferred, have already filled up the permissable number of seats for the concerned courses, the Court requested the Bar Council of India to pass appropriate orders in order to accommodate the two.

While disposing of the suo motu petition, the Bench also turned down the request to meet Miss A once more before an order is passed.

Earlier this week, the Court had ordered the constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the grievances and apprehensions raised by Miss A. The SIT is expected to probe the same under the supervision of the Allahabad High Court Chief Justice.

The LLM student from the Swami Shukdevanand Law College (SS Law College) in Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh had posted videos online leveling allegations of sexual harassment against Swami Chinmayanand. The student went missing three days after the allegations were made.

The Court had taken suo motu cognizance of the incident after a group of lawyers had written a letter to the Court urging for the same.

When the suo motu case was taken up for hearing last week by the the Court, it was informed that the girl had been located in Rajasthan according to a statement released by the Uttar Pradesh Police. Following the Court’s direction, the student was produced before the Court the same day. Following interaction with the student in chambers, the Bench proceeded to direct the Registry to make arrangements for her stay in Delhi, in line with the student’s wishes.