HC permits IPL cricketer to appear in BA exam

New Delhi: An IPL cricketer, who had been barred from taking his BA first year examinations due to lack of requisite attendance, was allowed today by the Delhi High Court to sit for his examination at St Stephen`s College.

Asking the Delhi University to allow Unmukt Chand, a BA (Prog) student from St Stephens to take his examination, Justice Vipin Sanghi, however, asked the University not to declare his result till disposal of his plea. Issuing notices to DU and the college, Justice Sanghi sought their reply by May 18 to Chand`s plea and asked the University to allow him to appear for today`s Economics paper and another paper scheduled for May 17.

Justice Sanghi was hearing a petition filed by Unmukt, associated with Delhi Dare Devil team, alleging that the university has taken an "arbitrary" decision not to issue him any admit card to sit for the examination. The former Under-19 team captain claimed in his petition that he had got admission last year on sports quota and the sports persons get relaxation in their attendance. Appearing for Unmukt, advocate Vikas Kargupta argued before the court that his client has been busy with various cricket matches including the IPL match and was not able to attend classes.

The lawyer also argued that Unmukt, a Ranji Trophy player, was not able to appear in two papers earlier due the IPL matches but since he is in Delhi today, his client wanted to write his Economics paper. Pointing out that in similar situations earlier, the court had allowed some athletes to appear for their examinations, the counsel sought the court direction to allow Unmukt to appear for all the papers. The court has now fixed May 18 to hear the matter.