Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has suffered a blow in his bid to graduate with a law degree tomorrow, Friday 22.

The embattled Senator had filed a suit at the High Court in Nairobi challenging the decision by the University of Nairobi to deregister him as a law student.

He was deregistered following allegations that he used fake academic papers to get admitted for the degree course.

He accused the institution of participating in political witch-hunt spearheaded by his opponents, whom he named as former Meru Governor Peter Munya and a Mr Milton Mugambi Imanyara.

Linturi was set to graduate on December 22 with a Bachelor’s degree in Law, having been admitted at the institution on January 3, 2014, and then join the Master’s degree class. He had already paid fees for the same.

But on November 30, he “learnt with shock” that the institution had de-registered him for allegedly having a fake degree from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.

On Wednesday, the High Court George Odunga declined to issue orders compelling the University of Nairobi to include his name in the list of graduands.

The Judge said he was not convinced that the Senator will “suffer irreparable damage” if he does not graduate.

He further directed parties to expedite the case.

The matter will be heard on February 20.