| Police try to pacify the protesting students at BN College in Patna on Friday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
The BN College administration on Friday tried to cajole law students to sit for their examination but they decided to boycott the test.
The students demanded the Patna University administration to issue a fresh date for first paper that was cancelled on May 5. They also sought abolition of the fine imposed on those who indulged in the ruckus at the college last Monday.
The fourth-semester students were to take the second paper (administrative law) at the BN College centre on Friday. An hour before the examination was scheduled to start at 2pm, a large number of students had assembled at BN College entrance gate, demanding the university to revoke its earlier order of imposing fine of Rs 500 on students who had indulged in the ruckus.
Sensing trouble, the college deployed a large number of police personnel on the campus. Through loudspeakers, the students were not only asked to appear for the examination but they were also warned of indulging in unfair means in the examination. The students were informed about the rich history of Patna Law College, established in 1909, and has the privilege of producing two Chief Justices of India — Justice B.P. Sinha and Justice L.M. Sharma.
Rakesh Verma, the principal of Patna Law College, said: “The university administration tried to convince the students to appear for the examination but because of a handful of students, the others too lost the chance to take the test.”
The principal added that as students have boycotted the examination, the university would take a decision whether they would get another chance to appear for it or not.
Rahul Kant, a fourth-semester student who was among those protesting, said: “The BN College, along with the university, is unnecessarily trying to to target law students. Students whose examination centre was at Patna College and Patna Science College, too, had boycotted the examination on May 5. But it is only BN College that imposed a fine.”
Patna High Court on Friday summoned the registrar and the law officer of Patna University in a contempt case filed by one Suraj Devi in a case related to non-receipt of retiral benefits of her husband. Devi’s husband, who was a Grade-IV employee at BN College, went missing more than seven years back.