Vittal gets court nod to write exams

Vittal gets court nod to write exams

Puttur Fast Track Court in its judgement on Saturday, has ordered the Mangalore jail authorities to make necessary arrangements for Vittal Malekudiya who is in jail for supporting naxals, to write his II semester examination of MCJ at Mangalore University from May 21 to 25.

Even as the Belthangady JMFC refused to grant permission for Vittal to write the exam on the basis of the Mangalore University Vice Chancellor’s contention that Vittal has shortage of attendance, the Puttur Court has asked the jail authorities to provide him the exam related materials and escort him to the exam venue.

Vittal’s counsel Dinesh Hegde Ulepady argued in the court that Vittal should be allowed to write the exam on humanity grounds. The University has the discretionary power to grant permission for Vittal to write the exam as his attendance shortage is due to genuine reasons.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Ulepday said that Vittal had 80 per cent of attendance prior to his arrest, thus indicating that he is not habitual bunker. “The Court has no power to direct the University to allow him to write the exam.

However, we hope that with the order of the Court directing the jail authorities to make arrangements for Vittal to write the exam, the University would allow him to write the exam on Monday. In case the University does not change its decision, then we will continue to fight through the legal course,” he said.

Responding to the issue, Vice Chancellor T C Shivashankar Murthy said that he was not aware of the  Court’s order on Saturday and the University can not change its decision without it receiving the court order.

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