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Court relief for CU students

The high court on Thursday asked Calcutta University to allow 72 BCom students whose Part II results have been withheld for ransacking an exam venue to attend third-year classes.

Justice Sambuddha Chakrabarty, who passed the interim order, said he would hear in detail the petition moved by the students of AJC Bose College in January before issuing the final ruling. The students in their petition have pleaded with the court to order the university to publish their results immediately.

The university has alleged that the 72 students had on May 10 ransacked Naba Ballygunge Mahavidyalaya in Kasba, where they were writing their Part II papers, after invigilators stopped them from cheating.

As a punitive measure the university withheld the results of the 72 students and asked them to take readmission in the second year and write the Part II papers afresh.

The students moved the high court on Thursday challenging the legality of the university’s decision.

Lawyer Satadal Chatterjee, who is representing the students along with M.A. Lodhi, submitted before Justice Chakrabarty: “The charges against my clients are not true. Third-year classes have already started. My clients should be allowed to attend classes and their results should be declared as early as possible.”

The judge issued an interim order asking the university to allow the petitioner students to attend third-year classes and said he would heard the matter in detail in January.

The judge also criticised Calcutta University for submitting an affidavit with “wrong English words”.

The judge mentioned that instead of writing “filed a case”, the affidavit wrote “suit a case”. Instead of the word “malpractice”, the university wrote “chit”.

“The university is the highest temple of education. This is not expected from the university,” the judge remarked. Justice Chakrabarty was Calcutta University’s counsel before his elevation to the bench.