The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday issued notices to the Panjab University and the director of the University Institute of Legal Studies on a petition filed by Aditya Pratap Duggal and seven others.
The petitioners,through their senior counsel Chetan Mittal,have sought the quashing of the eligibility criteria framed by the institute in respect of the BCom LLB (Hons) five years integrated course in the Law Department of the Panjab University.
The prime contention of the petitioners is that there are 60 seats as per the prospectus for the course,but while issuing the tentative merit list,the respondents have not granted an additional four credits per subject as they are entitled to,if the students are getting admission in BCom in accordance with the Panjab University prospectus and the calendar.
Mittal raised the issue that the normalisation/ rationalisation formula has been introduced by the same university for admission to first year in the university as well as affiliated colleges,but the same benefit has not been given while granting admission in BCom LLB course.
The petitioners have referred to an earlier decision of the High Court where a student belonging to a non medical stream was denied admission in BCom LLB (Hons) on the ground that he is of a non-medical background whereas he was entitled to normal BCom degree course offered by the university.
The court held that the petitioner in that case is eligible to admission to BCom LLB (Hons) course,which is in consonance with B.Com degree.
Mittal has referred to the eligibility criteria for BCom and has argued that there cannot be two separate criteria for a normal BCom entrance and for the BCom LLB one.
Mittal also argued that the consequent effect on the merit list will perhaps be that the entire set of BCom LLB seats in the Law Faculty will be affected and the +2 Commerce students will be put in a totally disadvantageous position.
Mittal also contended that the petitioners have filed objections by way of representation. Taking stock,the court issued notices to the university.