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CJI sets up inquiry into GNLU director Bimal Patel’s faculty recruitments

Bimal Patel recruitments under judicial scannerBimal Patel recruitments under judicial scanner

GNLU Gandhinagar director Bimal Patel will face a review committee that has been constituted by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) to look into allegations of Patel’s opaque faculty recruitments.

CJI TS Thakur visited the GNLU campus on 17 September and constituted the two member review committee to look into the allegations against Patel, sources inside GNLU told Legally India.

According to the allegations, potential faculty members’ fitness for recruitment should be tested on the basis of their lecture presentations made to students, to ensure a transparent and fair process.

But at GNLU, Patel allegedly required these presentations to be made to existing faculty members instead of students, said one source in the campus.

The review committee will begin its inquiry this week, sources said.

Patel did not respond to an email seeking comment.

The GNLU administration under Patel is currently also in dispute in the Gujarat high court, with existing GNLU staff members who allege that certain recent recruitments done by Patel were illegal as instead of making those new appointments Patel should have converted the claimants’ existing contractual appointments into permanent appointments.

This year Gujarat high court was of the opinion that Patel has turned GNLU into a human rights violating oligarchy.

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Like +3 Object -5 Close. 26 Sep 16, 20:52
Haha hilarious LI... Anything....LI belives on hearsay.... Ha ha
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Like +6 Object -3 kianganz 26 Sep 16, 20:57
Not hearsay, we have two credible independent sources confirming this is happening. Why don't you ask Bimal Patel or some people at GNLU?
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Like +0 Object -0 Pulastya 27 Sep 16, 22:15
Kian, I hope you publish my comment.Every bit of my rant is true. Bimpa's is very powerful but his evil actions must be exposed. People must know about this.
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Like +2 Object -4 Guest 26 Sep 16, 21:00
Any evidence?.. any authority confirmed?? Or yet another unverified,unautheticated allegation without any basis..
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Like +3 Object -3 Pimal Batel 26 Sep 16, 21:13
I will sue you LI for posting such authenticated news without the prior permission of Lord BimPa.
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Like +9 Object -0 Guest 27 Sep 16, 03:31  interesting
Fantastic news if true, and a great victory for Legally India. CJI should also institute a probe into recruitment by Ishwar Bhat at NUJS.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 27 Sep 16, 21:59
It's highly required to take similar action for NUJS also.
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Like +2 Object -0 Karma 27 Sep 16, 09:44
I really really hope Mr. Jaston is reading this.
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Like +3 Object -7 Academic 27 Sep 16, 11:50
I respect CJI but everyone know that present CJI is critic of Shri Narendra Modi government's policies and this direction should be seen in this light. Coverage by Legally India agaisnt GNLU, Shri Manan Mishra etc should also be seen in this light.

99% of student and faculty is fully behind Professor Patel.He appoint many good faculty (including alumni of GNLU) and also establish research professor chair.
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Like +8 Object -3 kianganz 27 Sep 16, 13:34  interesting
We have no interest in politics and I think your implication that the CJI is looking into legal education is because of some perceived disagreement with Narendra Modi, is an unfounded and rather malicious allegation.

Bimal Patel may have the support of Modi but how he runs a law school has nothing to do with politics, nor would any political parties really be interested.
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Like +13 Object -0 Dr. Jaston 27 Sep 16, 16:24  interesting  top rated
"99% of student and faculty is fully behind Professor Patel." Bhai, stop scoring green stuff from Kaka, it is clearly affecting your mind.
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Like +4 Object -1 Pulastya 27 Sep 16, 22:10
Lol, you.must be one of bimpa's [...] staff. Everybody in gnlu hates bimpa. The recent day zero scam is testimony to that, and the he handled this is abominable.he gave clean chit to [...] the recruitment coordinator who also happens to be bimpa's sister in law. When a students went to protest against his high-handedness, he threatened them with cancellation of internship. Last of all, when the UGC came to review, he kept an eye on all students who wished to personally interact with the UGC members. Nobody was allowed to raise a word against college admin. Bimpa's other aides who perpetrated this fraud of making believe the UFC that the university is functioning well, was [...] bimpa's favourite [...]. 2 years in job and he and his wife got plum promotions while the few good teachers are pushed to oblivion.
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Like +1 Object -1 Advocate Guj 27 Sep 16, 11:50
To the best of sources this is not the case. No as such inquiry committee has been set up. Hon'ble CJI visited Ahmedabad to inaugurate one building then GNLU was visited However according to 1.1 Reader should verify the news by their own.
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Like +2 Object -1 kianganz 27 Sep 16, 13:35
We reached out to Bimal Patel early yesterday and received no response. We know that he regularly checks his emails and if this was not happening, don't you think he would, could and should have let us know by now?
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Like +0 Object -3 another advocate 27 Sep 16, 16:29
He doesn't reply to rabble rousers thats why.
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Like +7 Object -1 kianganz 27 Sep 16, 16:37  interesting
Well, if that's the truth, then that is downright irresponsible by an NLU director, no matter how much rabble we or anyone else rouses...

If a VC or the BCI chairman or anyone else is upset that our reports are one-sided and not including their side of the story, they'd only have themselves to blame for not commenting or providing their perspective; if there is no official comment on a story, the only one hurt by such lack of comment is the admin.

It's also worth noting that as far as I recall, Bimal Patel has chosen not to respond to any of our requests for comments for a good year or so now, and every story we've carried on GNLU has been accurate and vindicated by events and other reports.
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Like +4 Object -0 another advocate 28 Sep 16, 16:49
Kian, It's not my fashion to spend time commenting on your stories, which rabble rousing are not are better out there than not.

I would however specifically call this report "rabble rousing" : the allegation is that "Patel allegedly required these presentations to be made to existing faculty members instead of students" and the reported consequence is the constitution of a "review committee".

Now you report it by saying "Bimal Patel will face a review committee (...) to look into allegations of Patel’s opaque faculty recruitments" and you proceed to give it a look and feel of disciplinary action.

Is it a policy review or is it a disciplinary review ? Are there any rules on the book which provide for a diff procedure of appointment ? Nothing on that subject in your article.

If you're going to write a story like this albeit without responses, I don't see how responding to your requests for comment would help the concerned persons.

Let me point out finally I'm not the first reader to sense malice in some of your reporting : in the case of the BCI it was hilarious but if you're going to keep at it for long you're actually going to give credence to Misra's comments about this site.

Regards,

A regular reader of the rabble rousing and other content.
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Like +3 Object -1 kianganz 28 Sep 16, 17:01
Thanks for your feedback.

I don't think we implied it's a disciplinary review, but it's certainly embarrassing if faculty are hired the way they allegedly are...

There's absolutely no malice in our reports though - we simply report on that which our sources, students, etc tell us about. From our perspective it's nothing personal: if nothing secret or strange happened at BCI or GNLU or NUJS or wherever, we'd be equally happy to write about other things.

I'd be very happy if BCI chairman turned around and said, "Hi Kian, please find attached our minutes re XYZ," or, "Hi Kian, we have a really hard job - this verification exercise is essential for the well-being of the profession and unfortunately if we have a state bar council election during this process, it'll just mean that lots of fake lawyers will vote against incumbents.", or "Hi Kian, Thanks for bringing our trip of 12 BCI members to Washington to our attention, it does seem like it'll be rather more expensive than we envisaged so we'll be going with a smaller contingent."

Or, for instance, in this story, Bimal Patel could have said:

"Hi Prachi, thank you for your email. Yes, that's correct, our policy of recruitment is being looked at by a committee.

For reasons of efficiency, we have the current policy in place where prospective faculty candidates were assessed by other faculty members.

I didn't think there was a conflict of interest in that, but we'll see what the committee concludes and will take their findings under advisement.

Have a wonderful day,
Bimal Patel."

At the end of the day, this is not a huge scandal or anything and I don't think we oversold the story here or it looks particularly malicious, other than being a bit embarrassing for Patel.

But a response from the administration would nearly always be in their interest and would let us report a more balanced story. In the absence of their willingness to do so, we can only be expected to do so much trying to unearth positive things about them.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 27 Sep 16, 22:00
Kian can u try to get hold of this speech by Menon? He has called the Indian legal education system a failure!

www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Andhra-Pradesh/2016-09-24/Indian-legal-system-failed-Madhava-Menon/255379
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Like +5 Object -1 Hmph 27 Sep 16, 22:24
Quite ironical that the SC is analyzing another institution for opaque procedures in recruitments. Time to look inwards, SC.
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Like +2 Object -0 Disgusted Alumni 28 Sep 16, 02:08
Mr Bimal Patel needs to understand that GNLU cannot be run like a fiefdom as per his desires. His high handedness has gone on for long. I wish every single day that his term gets over and he is replaced by a competent Director who atleast listens to students and not imposes unilateral decisions and unnecessary disciplinary action on them. Better still, he is removed from office even before his term ends. His insensibility to students' issues made our life downright unproductive in the final year.
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Like +0 Object -0 LOL 28 Sep 16, 02:31
Keep up the good work LI..
& The previous comment about the students behind the Director is **** and we all know that to be true.
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Like +2 Object -0 The Rational GNLUite 28 Sep 16, 02:58
I seriously don't understand how any faculty members who have been needlessly commenting here have any basis for their ridiculous claims. Seriously people, stop with the chamchagiri already.
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Like +0 Object -0 Alum. 28 Sep 16, 15:49
GNLU Should have some senior professors in law with quality. It has good combination of enthusiastic Assistant Professors however It need to have faculties in Law. There are too many stream teachers with general contents which are not required for law students. Inplace of this Law teacher to be recruited in a law university and they should be on guest basis.
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Like +0 Object -0 LOWER 28 Sep 16, 17:39
ITS A VERY BIG NEWS. ITS ALL ABOUT THE TRUTH. REGISTRAR IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAME AS HE/SHE IS THE HEAD OF THE ADMINISTRATION WORK. AND RECRUITMENT IS THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE REGISTRAR. BUT THE APPOINTMENT OF THIS REGISTRAR IS DONE BY THE DIRECTOR. SO ITS QUESTION MARK THAT HIS APPOINTMENT MAY ALSO SOME CONTRADICTORY WITH UGC RULES.
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