Kerala HC rejects plea from Veterinary university VC in Sidharthan death case

The vice-chancellor argued that those students had been expelled from the college and they were removed from the rolls.
Kerala High Court
Kerala High Court (Photo| A Sanesh)

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court has declined to interfere with the petition filed by the Vice-Chancellor of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. The petition challenged the interim order that granted permission to the accused persons, in a case related to the death of Sidharthan J S, a student of the Government Veterinary College, Pookode, Wayanad, to appear for university examinations provisionally. The single judge had granted permission to Mohammed Dhanish, M Rehan Binoy, Adithyan V, Althaf A, Soud Risal E K, and others to write the exams. 

The vice-chancellor argued that those students had been expelled from the college and they were removed from the rolls. Hence, they do not have any right to attend the examinations. There is a shortage of attendance for them, and they failed to complete the necessary formalities, which form part of the curriculum, such as maintenance of records and attendance in the lab. Granting an opportunity to them, who are allegedly involved in a case of a serious nature, would send a wrong message to society.

The court rejected the vice-chancellor’s plea, noting that the interim order was meant to protect the rights of the students.

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