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SC Orders Delhi University to Declare the Examination Result of a Law Student which was withheld on grounds of low attendance because of pregnancy [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 1 Aug 2020 7:16pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary SC Orders Delhi University to Declare the Examination Result of a Law Student which was withheld on grounds of low attendance because of pregnancy [READ ORDER]

The Supreme Court on July 28 directed Delhi University (DU) to declare the examination result of a student of law whose result of the 4th and 5th semesters was kept back on grounds of lack of attendance owing to her pregnancy.

The order was passed by the apex court in the plea filed by Ankita Meena, a final year law student, who could not regularly attend classes due to an advanced stage of pregnancy in the second year.

According to the Bar Council of India (BCI), Rules of Legal Education, a minimum of 70 percent is a prerequisite to make a student eligible to sit for the final examinations. But, in exceptional cases, the Dean or Principal of the University is empowered to make such relaxations as the case may be and allow students to appear for the examination but the student must have attended 65 percent classes in each subject and 70 percent overall.

Earlier, in the year 2018, when she approached the Delhi High Court for considering her case as an exception and make attendance relaxations in her favor so that she could take the final examination. Meena was pregnant and a lot of complications arose due to her pregnancy, because of which, she was unable to attend the required number of classes, making her ineligible to appear for her final examinations according to the BCI Rules. The Delhi High Court however refused to grant her relief citing “maternity leave cannot be put in a different compartment for the purposes of… Continue Reading...


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