Mangaluru, Dec 18, 2016: M. Santosh, M.Sc. student of Mangalore University, who was suspended by the university for allegedly planting a camera inside ladies toilet of the university with the aim of viewing the footage captured by the camera was on Friday December 16 granted permission by the state high court (HC) to appear for the semester examination. Santosh had approached the court for permission to appear for the examination.
The division bench of the high court comprising of Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice R B Budihal was hearing the petition filed by the vice chancellor of Mangalore University. While it asked the university to allow Santosh to undertake his examination it also prohibited the university from publishing his results until the appeal is decided.
The advocate appearing for the university sought a stay order against the decision of the single judge bench that had ordered the university to facilitate the student to write the examination. He pointed out that as per the rules, Santosh could not be allowed to appear for the exams owing to a lack of attendance.
The senior advocate who appeared on behalf of the petitioner argued that the single judge bench was in order in passing the said order, since the future of the student depended on the same. He also stated that the university had lodged a complaint against the student and suspended him without giving him a chance to explain.
M. Santosh, a II year M.Sc. student at the University and resident of Yedamangala, Sullia, was accused of installing the camera inside the toilet block meant for girl students. The incident came to light after a girl student noticed the device and complained to the university registrar about the presence of the camera, after which the university management had filed police complaint.