Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Stressing the need for discipline among students of the Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College here, Madras High Court Chief Justice A.K. Ganguly on Tuesday felt that the functioning of the college could be monitored by a judge. He made the oral observation when the petitions pertaining to the clash in the law college on November 12 came up for hearing before the First Bench consisting of himself and Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla.

Pointing out the importance of legal studies, the Chief Justice said that students should be serious in their studies. Law was a difficult subject. Unless, students concentrated on their studies, “you will not have the best.” The problem on hand was a serious one and it should be realised.

Advocate-General G. Masilamani, who was earlier asked by the court to go into the functioning of the law college here and its hostel, on Tuesday sought time till Wednesday to file his report, which was in the final stage of completion, he said.

Mr. Masilamani submitted that he inspected the college and the hostel. He had received representations from officials, senior advocates, students and students’ organisations. What was unanimous in the representation was that there should be discipline among students and outsiders should not be permitted inside the college campus. The methodology of entry into the college had to be worked out.

As regards the infrastructure in the college, a petitioner’s counsel submitted that there were 24 sections in the college, but there were only 11 classrooms. He suggested that a disciplinary committee, headed by a judge, be formed for the college. Another advocate said the need of the hour was the formation of a peace committee. The clash occurred only due to outside forces. He suggested that all students be brought for rapprochement. Their education should not be spoiled because of the incident. The Bench posted the petitions for Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Justice K. Suguna on Tuesday treated as closed a petition by K.Karuppaiah, father of one K.R. Bharathi Kannan, a fourth year student of the law college, who said that under no circumstance, political and police pressure should be put on the General Hospital to discharge his son. When the matter came up, hospital Dean T.P. Kalanithi’s details of case report of the patient were submitted.