Bombay high court

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday directed Bar Council of Indi and University Grants Commission (UGC) and Maharashtra government in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a law student Samarvir Sing seeking orders for devising “a formula to pass students” of Mumbai university for academic year 2019-20 based on internal assessment as a one-time measure given the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
It sought orders to direct BCI “to dispense with its guidelines to conduct exams for intermediate year students’’ after the academic year starts.
The HC bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai on Friday heard the student who appeared in-person and after hearing advocate general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni for state with government pleader P H Kantharia said the replies be filed in a week and posted the matter to July 31 after rejoinders are filed by July 30.
Rui Rodrigues counsel for the UGC said it would file a reply. Since none appeared for the Bar Council of India,the petitioner was directed to inform it of the order.
The guidelines issued by BCI in May and June 9 and by UGC are violative of Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution, said his PIL adding that the collection of fees by UGC for conducting examinations of final year students is in violation of announcement by the Maharashtra government on May 31, with regard to cancellation of examinations
The pandemic led to out-station students returning home and due to widespread closure of hostels and colleges and therefore the sudden decision now of Mumbai University to hold examinations is in violation of state’s decision and violates fundamental rights of equality and right to life.

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