The Hon’ble Supreme Court refused to interfere in the High Court’s order which allowed KSLU to conduct exams for a three-year LLB course. The Karnataka High Court had directed the university to follow the guidelines released by the Bar Council of India and set aside the Singh judge bench order dated 14 December 2021.
Advocate Prashant Padhmanaban appearing on the behalf of students said that ”the issue is whether students can insist on a particular mode of exam. There are at least 6 modes of exams suggested by the expert’s committee. Only for final terms, written exams were made mandatory. Karnataka State Law University is insisting on 2nd & 4th semester of the offline exam.”
To this argument, Justice Khanwilkar opined that the guidelines given by the Bar Council of India are binding all over the country and Karnataka also. The Court said that ‘As a student of law you should be happy that you are appearing in some form of the exam. Instead of engaging in court, you should be ready to appear for the exam. You are bound by BCI guidelines & the university is bound by them. Do you want to show that you are different from others? BCI guidelines apply across the country & are not limited to Karnataka. You are living in some different world Mr. Padhmanabhan. Go prepare for the exam and appear in the exam.’ And thus, the Court refused to interfere in the order given by the Karnataka High Court and directed the students to prepare and appear in the exam.