On the 21st August Tuesday the Delhi High Court directed DU’s Law Faculty to declare the results of students who were allowed to sit for their semester exams on court orders due to shortage of attendance and said those who have failed can take supplementary examinations to be conducted soon.
Senior advocate Arvind Nigam, appearing for the varsity and law faculty, said he will take instructions from his client on the suggestion given by the bench and the matter was listed for further hearing on August 24.
During the hearing, the law faculty said even if the classes were held as ordered by the court, a majority of the students would still be unable to make-up for the shortage in attendance.
It also said that those students who have more than the minimum requirement of 70 per cent attendance would fall short if the additional classes were held, since the number of classes for all students would increase.
The bench, however, did not accept the contention and said there was no need to include the students, who have already met the attendance requirement, in the new parameters connected to the additional classes.
It also said that the law faculty was required to have 30 hours of classes, according to Bar Council of India rules, and not 25 hours each week as was being practiced.
“You have given a go-bye to the Rule 10 (on 30 hours of classes each week) of BCI Rules. Can you ignore it? That is why the single judge said you were not adhering to the rules,” the bench said.
The law faculty said it has not compiled the results of the students who sat for the exams on the single judge’s orders. They also said that the reason behind the shortfall of students attendance was because of the failure of law faculty in conducting minimum classes as was prescribed according to the Bar Council of India Rules.
The court forwarded the orders while disposing 21 separate petitions filed by 53 students, challenging the memorandum issued by the law faculty on May 7 and May 8 and May 10, detaining several students of fourth and sixth semester from appearing in exams for not having an aggregate attendance of 70 per cent in the semesters, as required by the BCI Rules.
It had also said there were “glaring discrepancies” in the attendance record and it was maintained in the “most archaic fashion” by the authorities. But the high court provided students with a sign of relief. High Court ordered that the students, who approached the court after being detained by the DU due to lack of attendance should be allowed to sit for their examinations.
The court had said the faculty must allow those students, who were detained due to shortage of attendance and could not be granted the interim relief, to take their supplementary examinations for the semester concerned.
In the pleas filed on behalf of the detained law students, it was claimed that DU Law Faculty’s three centres – Campus Law Centre, Law Centre 1 and Law Centre 2 – have arbitrarily, illegally and without issuing any show-cause notice detained hundreds of them.
The single judge had quashed the detention lists issued by the law faculty regarding students who could not meet the prescribed attendance criteria due to the faculty of law’s failure to hold the prescribed mandatory minimum number of class hours during the concerned semester.