SC Grants Interim Relief To Delhi University Law Student Who Was Denied Attendance Relaxation For Pregnancy By Delhi HC


SC Grants Interim Relief To Delhi University Law Student Who Was Denied Attendance Relaxation For Pregnancy By Delhi HC  

Law Faculty DU Pregnancy case attendance  relaxation
Law Faculty DU 


The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim relief to a student of the DU Law Faculty , who had missed college due to her pregnancy.
The earlier this year Petitioner, Ms. Ankita Meena had approached the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to DU to permit her to appear in the IV semester LL.B Examination. She could not meet the requisite 70% attendance criteria, having missed almost 2 months. 

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She had sought relaxation relying on Rule 2 (9) (d) of Ordinance VII of Chapter III of Delhi University which states, “In the case of a married woman student who is granted maternity leave, in calculating the total number of lectures delivered in the College or in the University, as the case may be, for her course of study in each academic year, the number of lectures in each subject delivered during the period of her maternity leave shall not be taken into account.” 
But Delhi high Court ruled in University of Delhi & Anr. v. Vandana Kandari & Anr. wherein the court had held that maternity leave cannot be put in a different compartment for the purposes of relaxation of attendance. 
An appeal  was also dismissed, with a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court said, “There is no dispute that that the Bar Council of India regulates the standard of the Legal Education in the country and the University is bound by the Rules as framed by the Bar Council of India. The learned Single Judge has rightly dismissed the petition.”.


The Bench comprising Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice AM Khanwilkar issued notice to DU, while permitting her to attend classes for the next semester. 



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