HC raps Mumbai varsity for 'insensitivity' towards students
The Bombay high court today came down heavily on the University of Mumbai and its Unfair Means Inquiry Committee (UMIC) for its "insensitivity" towards students, whose answer sheets were lost in an alleged theft case in June 2011.mumbai Updated: May 22, 2012 21:36 IST
The Bombay high court on Tuesday came down heavily on the University of Mumbai and its Unfair Means Inquiry Committee (UMIC) for its "insensitivity" towards students, whose answer sheets were lost in an alleged theft case in June 2011.
A vacation bench of Justices SJ Kathawala and PD Kode has directed the university to file a detailed affidavit explaining its tardy efforts in the matter.
The bench has directed its order to be forwarded to the Vice Chancellor and also the Governor of Mumbai, who is the Chancellor of Universities, to take note of insensitivity shown on the part of the University as well as the UMIC.
The court was hearing a petition filed by three engineering students, whose results were withheld by University for May 2011 examination for Electronics & Computer Programming as "Reserved Copy Case" (RCC).
Amruta Patil and Virendra Neve, advocates for the petitioners, have sought quashing of a verbal order of University not allowing the students to appear for the examination this year.
Chandrakanta Gongane, advocate for the University, informed the court that a peon Ramsingh Girasingh, was caught with some papers of students inside the university premises on June 22, 2011 and was handed over to police.
Answer paper of one subject of petitioners was also found with the peon. Hence results were not declared as scheduled in August 2011, said Gongane.
The University had appointed UMIC to look into the matter only in September 2011.
However, till date, the committee has not even called students to appear before them to give explanation on the charges against them.
Irked by this, the judges said that the students have a right to be heard by the inquiry committee. "A right that they have been deprived of till date and also entitled to an expeditious decision by the University, to enable them to decide the future course of action of their career."
The court has further observed that the University as well as its Unfair Means Inquiry Committee are completely insensitive to the problems faced by these petitioners.
The court has directed the university to file an affidavit in June.