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Guj HC dismisses GNLU's appeal, for now, against order calling it an anti-human rights oligarchy; no urgency during court-vacation

No hurry to absolve GNLU of 'epitome of injustice' tag: Guj HCNo hurry to absolve GNLU of 'epitome of injustice' tag: Guj HCThe Gujarat high court today dismissed an urgent hearing application in GNLU’s letters patent appeal against the high court’s order that had called GNLU an “oligarchy” which “casually” denies its students basic human rights.

Appearing through senior advocate Mihir Thakore before vacation judge Biren Vaishnav, GNLU had filed for interim stay against the high court’s 4 May order in which a student of the law school had won against the administration on charges of being illegally frisked and of his exam being wrongfully cancelled by the GNLU administration.

It is understood from sources present in the court that the law school had appealed on the ground that it needed more time to conduct an internal enquiry into the allegations by and against the student.

Justice Vaishnav dismissed GNLU’s application for interim stay, noting that the fairness of such a “cosmetic enquiry within the four corners of the university” could not be vouched for, and therefore when the matter was already listed for 6 June – after court vacations were over – he was not inclined to grant any interim relief on an urgent basis.

GNLU 2013 alumnus Gursharan H Virk, argued for the petitioner Jaymin Bhatt, and GNLU registrar Thomas Mathew was present for GNLU in court today.

Note: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that the high court had dismissed GNLU’s appeal against the order. This has now been corrected to state that the high court only dismissed GNLU’s application for urgent hearing of the appeal.

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