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Elite Indian Law Institute's director probed by Delhi HC about NUJS, KLA teaching record

The Delhi high court directed Indian Law Institute (ILI) Delhi to reconsider the eligibility of its officiating director Dr S Sivakumar for the post, after it was alleged that he had fudged facts about his qualification at the time of applying for the post of research professor at the institute in 2005.

Sivakumar had represented that he had 10 years of combined post-graduate (PG) teaching experience at NUJS Kolkata and Kerala Law Academy, however both the institutes had furnished RTI replies to lawyer Jose Meleth stating that he had taught only LLB courses there. Meleth filed a public interest litigation in the Delhi high court challenging Sivakumar’s appointment.

ILI defended the appointment saying that 10 years of PG teaching experience was not sacrosanct and that the director has vast research experience making him suitable for the job. However the bench of justices SK Kaul and Vipin Sanghi directed ILI’s executive council to reconsider his eligibility since he relied on false information to stake claim to a post in the institute first in 2005.

The court fixed 30 November for the next hearing.

ILI’s ex-officio president is the Chief Justice of India while the Attorney General of India and the law minister are its vice-presidents. [TOI]

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