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High Court stays counselling for 5-year law course

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Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 1

A day before the counselling for Panjab University's BA LLB (Hons.) 5-year integrated course was scheduled to be held, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the process based on the revised merit list would be kept in abeyance.

Notice of motion

Issuing notice of motion for December 3, the Bench asserted: "In the meanwhile, the conduct of the counselling based on the revised merit list fixed for December 2 shall be kept in abeyance".

The direction by the Bench of Justice Jaswant Singh and Justice Sant Parkash came on a petition by Malayika Verma through counsel Sandeep Moudgil and after it was told that the decision to award four marks weightage for "Legal Studies" had been withdrawn.

Appearing before the Bench through videoconferencing, Moudgil submitted the petitioner was a candidate for admission to the integrated course for session 2020-21 against the 90 seats in the general category of the total 180. The admissions were based on the marks obtained in the qualifying 10+2 examination.

But the petitioner's grievance was that the revised merit list for counselling to be held on December 2 for the course was uploaded by withdrawing the award of four marks assigned for passing "Legal Studies" in the 10+2 examination. As a result, the petitioner's rank was reduced from 86 to 690, beyond the assigned 90 seats in the general category.

The Bench observed the decision to award weightage of four marks each, subject to a maximum of 16, to certain subjects for determination of final merit was taken after the issuance of the prospectus for BA LLB (Hons) and BCom LLB 5-year integrated course.

It was further evident that a writ petition "Samriti versus PU and others" was filed, challenging the weightage of four marks for "Legal Studies" for admission to the course as it was not provided in the prospectus. "It is, perhaps, in the wake of the writ petition filed, PU has withdrawn the award of four marks in the present case, without according similar treatment to weightage for subjects, including 'Legal Studies', for determination of merit for admission to BCom LLB integrated course," the Bench asserted.

It also took note of Moudgil's contention that the respondent-varsity could not pick and choose, while extending the benefit of weightage for the subjects. As such, the action was discriminatory and arbitrary. That apart, the sanctity of the prospectus stood diluted in view of the varsity's subsequent decision for admission by abandoning the entrance examination as originally stipulated in the prospectus.

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