BANGALORE: The High Court on Thursday refused to allow 26 law students who had failed to meet the minimum attendance requirement to move on to the next academic year.
The students, all taking the five-year integrated degree course at MS Ramaiah College of Law, were not allowed to sit for their semester exams in June as they had not met the required 70 per cent attendance. Subsequently, they moved the High Court for relief.
In an interim order, the court had allowed the students to appear for the exams and asked the college, affiliated to the Karnataka State Law University, to withhold the results till final disposal of the appeal.
During the final argument, it was observed that only some of the students had appeared for the examinations and those who did, had not attempted all the papers.
The students said they were not aware of the mandatory attendance rules. The university submitted the attendance details of all the 26 students. It said the attendance of all the 26 students was below 60 per cent.
The court observed that it cannot direct the university to disregard rules.
Hearing to Go On
The High Court on Thursday refused relief to Bharathi Urs in connection with the murder of advocate Chitralekha Urs. The court said it would continue to hear the appeals against her acquittal order by a sessions court.
After the government and Sharada Urs, mother of the deceased, moved the HC, Bharathi sought dismissal of the appeals on the ground that the Criminal Procedure Code had been amended and contended that a second appeal cannot be allowed.
The court dismissed the plea stating that the amendment was made after the appeals were filed.