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Supreme Court directs DU law faculty to declare 5th semester supplementary results of woman petitioner

The decision was pronounced by the Bench comprising of Chief Justice of India, S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian.

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The Supreme Court directed Faculty of Law, University of Delhi to declare the 5th Semester Supplementary Examination results of the petitioner and issue the provisional degree along with necessary certificates. The Court was hearing an SLP and an Interlocutory Application in it on Saturday.

The decision was pronounced by the Bench comprising Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian. 

The petitioner was a student of 3-year LLB Course at Law Centre II, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. She completed her 3rd semester without any hindrance. Later, in her 4th semester she fell short of her required attendance due to her pregnancy and a strike of the Delhi University Teachers’ Association.

Consequently, the petitioner was detained by a notice issued by the University and not permitted to write the 4th Semester Examinations scheduled to commence from 12.05.2018.

Aggrieved from the notice issued by the University, the petitioner filed a Writ Petition (Civil) No.5194 of 2018 on the file of the High Court of Delhi seeking a direction to the University to permit her to appear for the 4th Semester Examinations. But the writ petition was dismissed by an order dated 15.05.2018.

Again an intra-court appeal was filed by the petitioner in LPA No.294 of 2018, but the same was dismissed by the Division Bench by an order dated 07.09.2018. Against the order passed by the Division Bench, the student has come up with the present SLP.

The Court further passed several orders in favour of petitioner regarding her appearance in the 4th, 5th and 6th semester examination. The University has declared the results of the 4th and 6th Semester examinations, but has not declared the results of the 5th Semester Supplementary Examination. Therefore, the petitioner has come up with I.A.No.102466 of 2020 seeking a direction to the respondent to declare the results of the petitioner for the 5th Semester Supplementary Examination and to grant the provisional degree, consolidated mark sheet and character certificate.

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After going through all the facts mentioned and arguments made by the parties, the Court observed that,

“As the petitioner has completed the course in entirety and the results of all the semester examinations except the 5th Semester Supplementary Examination has already been declared, the lis in the SLP, relates to the 4th Semester, does not actually survive for an active adjudication on account of the subsequent developments. Now, the adjudication of the dispute in the SLP will only be a matter of academic interest.”

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