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“FILE RESPONSE OR FACE FINE”, HC TO DU

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The Delhi University final year law students on September 11, were granted the last opportunity to file a reply within a week on the petition by the Delhi High Court. The petition was seeking permission to give their supplementary examinations for the respective subjects from the first to the fourth semesters. 

WHAT IS THE LATEST UPDATE?

Justice Prathiba M Singh, who led a single-judge bench warned that if the varsity failed to file a reply then eventually the bench will have to slap a fine on it.

“The last opportunity is granted for the filing of a further affidavit by DU, subject to payment of Rs 5,000 as costs. Let the affidavit be filed within one week. Rejoinder, if any, be filed within one week thereafter. No further opportunity shall be granted”, said the bench. 

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After the hearing, Delhi University has requested to take this matter up through video conferencing and the High Court has scheduled the next hearing on October 7, 2020, through video conferencing, as suggested. 

Further, an affidavit in terms of the last order hasn’t been filed by the Delhi University and urgency is shown by the counsel for the petitioner as supplementary examinations aren’t being held or are at hold, for the time being, the bench noted.

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The High Court was hearing a petition filed by Sandesh Jha and others seeking to conduct the supplementary examination as per the provisions that existed before the notification dated August 22, 2017, and notice dated October 9, 2017.

WHAT WAS THE PETITION ABOUT?

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The petition sought directions to the respondents to set-up a mechanism to allow the petitioners to take supplementary examinations for papers of first, second, third and fourth semester respectively with the supplementary examinations for the papers of the fifth and sixth semester as and when they are scheduled by the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. 

The court on July 28, 2020, directed Delhi University to file a further affidavit indicating a system of holding supplementary examinations for odd semesters for the final year students along with the examination for the final semester.

The petitioners had approached the High Court against the new scheme introduced by the University as per which a final year student, who has not cleared any exams from the first four semesters, may appear for the same at the “regular examination” held at the end of each term. (ANI)

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