The state government has clarified that a new rule to bar private law college students from s
eeking a transfer to government or aided colleges will not apply to those who had taken admission prior to the academic year 2016-17.
The state issued a circular last week after three students of Rizvi Law College approached the Bombay high court to challenge Rule 17 of the Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission to Full Time Professional Undergraduate Law Courses) Rules 2016. The rule prohibits transfers from unaided colleges to state-run or aided colleges from this academic year.
Their advocate Yasmin Tavaria had argued that the rule was discriminatory and arbit rary and the high court bench of Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice B P Colabawalla had asked the government pleader, Purnima Kantharia, to inform what its stand would be. But before the next hearing–on August 22–the state education department issued a clarificatory circular that the rule does not apply to students who were already in college prior to 2016-17.
The students who had challenged the rule had completed the first year of a three-year LLB and wanted to shift to Government Law College, an aided institution.
Tavaria on Monday informed the high court that the petition has served its purpose, with the issuance of the circular. At this the judges said they knew this would happen. The clarification would benefit all those who were already admitted to first year of a law course last year.
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