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Dismissed NLSIU fac Sidharth Chauhan may head to Nalsar

Chauhan: Hyderabad-headed
Chauhan: Hyderabad-headed
Exclusive: Dismissed NLSIU Bangalore faculty member Sidharth Chauhan is currently in talks to join Nalsar Hyderabad in June for the start of the next academic session.

Nalsar vice chancellor (VC) Prof Faizan Mustafa told Legally India that Chauhan may be offered a teaching position at the law school after he would give demonstration classes at the end of this month. “I’ve known him [Chauhan] for a long time now,” the VC said.

Chauhan's temporary contract with his alma mater NLSIU was terminated without explanation on 31 January, allegedly over his open criticism of current NLSIU VC Prof R Venkat Rao.

In December Chauhan had emailed two open letters to NLSIU students and faculty, in addition to direct communication with Rao, protesting the manner in which Rao had imposed a campus curfew following the alleged rape of an NLSIU student near campus in October.

On 1 March - a day after his notice period at the campus ended - Chauhan again emailed an open letter to the NLSIU community, alleging that his dismissal was a warning meant for other faculty and staff not to question Rao’s administrative decisions.

Chauhan graduated from NLSIU in 2008, was then a judicial clerk to the Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan, and then obtained his LLM from University of Pennsylvania law school in 2011. He joined his alma mater as visiting faculty in July 2011.

In June last year Legally India reported former NUJS Kolkata assistant professor Prabhash Ranjan’s exit at the law school over differences with the administration regarding his position and pay. Ranjan had joined NLU Jodhpur as an associate professor at the time.

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