Two 4th semester BA LLB students of Christ University can resume their studies after the Karnataka High Court reversed the order suspending them for one year. The duo were suspended over an image and message they had sent to a classmate.
The two students had been accused of sending an offensive image and message to a girl classmate on March 22 2018. The duo were barred from writing their semester exams beginning five days later and were summoned on April 6, 2018 by the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) constituted by the university. While they have appeared in fourth and fifth semester examinations in the past year, their results have been withheld.
The committee suspended them from one year of studies. The students filed a petition in the High Court challenging the decision and on February 27 2019, almost a year after the ban, Justice Alok Aradhe hearing the plea made by the petitioning students, reversed the university's order over irregularities in the ICC process. The judge noted that the inquiry was conducted in haste and that the petitioners were not given an opportunity to register their response in writing nor were they allowed to produce documentary and oral evidence.
The duo maintain that they had given an unconditional apology to the girl who complained and also claim that the message was sent after a prank went wrong.
Christ University still has the power to take action against the accused students. Officials of Christ University were unavailable for comment on Friday. This article will be updated if a response is issued.