In a humanitarian gesture, based on the suggestion of a single judge, seven lawyers at Madurai Bench of Madras High Court have agreed to bear the educational expenditure of a student, whose application for loan was rejected by a scheduled commercial bank in Theni district.
Justice K Venkataraman made the suggestion while hearing the case of M Uthayamanimaran, whose application for an educational loan of `59,705 to continue his second year in Diploma in Electronics and Communication Engineering was rejected by a bank at Pannaipuram in Theni district.
The bank had reportedly denied the loan citing that Uthayamanimaran not being a meritorious student is eligible for admission only under the management quota, and hence is not entitled to receive loan for education as per the guidelines of Reserve Bank of India.
Uthayamanimaran’s father C Muthiah, a washerman, told the court, through his counsel, that he had exhausted all his resources for his son to continue his studies. After he had no other option to pay the second year fee, Muthiah approached the bank. As the bank had rejected his application, he moved the court.
On Thursday, the case was listed before Justice Venkataraman. Instead of waiting for the loan to be sanctioned by the bank, the Judge suggested that a group of lawyers pay the fee. The lawyers, T Lajapathi Roy, G Prabhu Rajadurai, Issac Mohanlal, Maheswaran, Ananthapadmanaban, EVN Siva and senior counsel Ajmal Khan, willingly undertook to bear the expense.
While several judges, on various occasions, have flayed the banks for declining loans to students, Justice Venkataraman’s philanthropic approach to the case did not come as a surprise, because, in a similar case in 2011, the judge not only persuaded the lawyers to pay a girl student’s fee, but also offered to pay `10,000 from his wallet.