Law College registrations put off by one weekJanuary 8, 2013, 9:07 pm
Amidst allegations of serious malpractices at the last law entrance examination, a group of candidates and their parents have launched a protest campaign to pressure Law College not to finalise the new registrations. They stormed the Law College on Monday. A group of Buddhist monks outside the Law College. (Right) Principal of the Law College W. Rodrigo explaining ongoing efforts to tackle the situation
(Pics by Sujatha Jayaratne)
by Dasun Edirisinghe
The Law College yesterday postponed registration of the new batch of entrants by a week, acceding to a request by the Bodu Bala Sena organization.
Hundreds of Buddhist monks gathered opposite the Law College and forced its principal to postpone the registration.
Dr. W. D. Rodrigo, Principal of the College, said that Buddhist monks of the Bodu Bala Sena organization protested opposite the college last morning demanding that registration, which was scheduled to start at 10.00 a.m. yesterday, be postponed.
"Buddhist monks asked me to let them expose several malpractices at the entrance examination 2012," he said adding he gave them one week to do so.
If they expose malpractices, the Law College is willing to take necessary action against those who were responsible, Rodrigo said.
On Monday morning too, hundreds of law students, accompanied by those who sat for the law entrance examination last year, forcibly entered the Law College demanding postponement of the registration.
Law College entrance examination was held in August 2012 and the results were released in the last week of December. There was a suspicion, as a majority of students who topped the pass list, this time, were Muslims, Secretary of the Law Entrance Students Union Wasamba Madawala said adding that first 36 places went to Muslim students and 78 Muslim students passed the examination, which was also a high number compared to previous years.
Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thera said that they would expose the errors and favours in the examination within one week.
"We will go to the Examination Department on Wednesday (09) to expose their wrongs," Gnanasara thera said.