Delhi High Court Suggests Contempt Proceedings Against DU for Withholding Information

Arunasish Sen Arunasish Sen
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Delhi High Court Suggests Contempt Proceedings Against DU for Withholding Information

The Delhi High Court has suggested that Delhi University should be held in contempt for withholding information and attempting to mislead the court over postponing the open-book examination (OBE).

A division bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice S Prasad had issued notice to Delhi University after coming across a news report that the institute was postponing the examination by 10 days due to the pandemic.

This event comes on the heels of a petition that sought a stay on the Delhi University examinations because it did not make online study material available to students with disabilities.

Earlier, students had staged protests against the OBE.

The court was surprised to learn that just a day before, Delhi University had seemed prepared to hold the OBE from 1 July.

When asked why this abrupt decision was made, the university informed that the Deputy Registrar’s mother had been taken ill with coronavirus on June 26.

The court said that if the stance of the university was correct, it should have informed the court about the matter and its decision to postpone the examination the same or the next day.

The High Court only came to know about it when a call was made to all the parties informing of another hearing on Monday. It slated the matter for further hearing on 6 July.