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GNLU financial officer challenges alleged abrupt, oral, wrongful termination in HC

Bimal Patel: challenged often in the local HCBimal Patel: challenged often in the local HC

GNLU Gandhinagar is back in the Gujarat high court, this time facing its accounts officer’s petition for alleged wrongful termination of employment.

The law school’s assistant finance officer – designated as head budget, accounts and finance – Manoj Prakashbhai Patel has alleged that GNLU terminated his employment contract before its expiry, without a written notice stating the reasons for termination.

Patel told us that his five-year contract of employment with GNLU would have ended in 2019, but he was informed verbally by the GNLU administration, in December 2016, that 31 December 2016 would be his last working day.

Advocate KB Pujara, acting for Patel, obtained a temporary stay against GNLU’s action, on 27 December. According to the 27 December order delivered by Gujarat high court justice Sonia Gokani:

The petitioner has cleared B.B.A & M.B.A examinations so also the examination of computer being (CCC+). Pursuant to the advertisement dated 15th September, 2011 issued by the respondent, he was selected and appointed on 2nd January, 2012 for the period from 2.1.2012 to 31.12.2017. It is his say that after completion of probation period of one year, another appointment letter was issued on 24th January, 2013 for the period from 1.1.2014 to 31.12.2019. It is his grievance that orally he has been informed by the respondent-authority that his employment will be ended on 31st December, 2016.

Justice Gokani ordered temporary relief to Patel, of protection against being relieved or discharged from his duties and against his service conditions being altered, until the next date of hearing in the case. The case will be heard next on 17 January.

GNLU director Bimal Patel did not respond to an email for comment.

GNLU is also facing a case against its alleged illegal appointments, filed in the Gujarat high court by three administrative staff members of the law school. A source within the law school told us that judgment has been reserved in that case until 13 February 2017.

Patel is also facing inquiry by a committee set up by former Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, to look into allegations of illegal faculty recruitment at the law school. However, a source within the law school told us that there has been no progress yet in that inquiry.

Additionally, GNLU has had a busy year in the Gujarat high court, facing several litigation by students and staff alike, with staunch remarks by judges of the court.

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Like +1 Object -20 Guest 11 Jan 17, 17:26
Yet another bias news by Legally India deliberately published after CLAT notification. You are trying to erase the fine work by Prof Patel is making GNLU the leading law school of India. You are just making mountain out of a mole. Entire GNLU community is behind Prof Patel.

Not once have you mentioned the improvements done by Prof Patel: campus beautification, infrastructure, improving faculty, research centres, placement and internships etc. Not once have you mentioned that Prof Patel is a scholar of international eminence. He is only law school VC with a PHD from a top foreign university and also recognised by ICJ Hague as eminent expert.
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Like +11 Object -6 DJJ 12 Jan 17, 11:11  interesting  controversial
"campus beautification" hahahahahahaahah
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Like +14 Object -3 DJJ 12 Jan 17, 11:13  interesting
GNLUites. feel bad for them. do you guys also get a qualified Bhakt degree ?
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Like +0 Object -0 ganlu 11 Jan 17, 19:27
Justice Gokani* in the fifth paragraph. :)
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Like +0 Object -0 Prachishrivastava 12 Jan 17, 11:15
Hi, yes, thank you for pointing out. Have corrected :)
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Like +5 Object -3 Hmmm 11 Jan 17, 20:49
LOL - dude which world are u living in?? PROF Patel hahahahah!! u are far from reality,
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Like +5 Object -8 Guest 11 Jan 17, 21:34  controversial
The development is done by Hon'ble PM and legal firtanity of Hon'ble Supream and High Court Judge. Don't take credit.

The research of your university is well analysied by NAAC team.Report available on NAAC site.
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Like +6 Object -4 Lower 12 Jan 17, 07:12
We don't know the everything, but the fact is that there is something wrong going on in gnlu.w e don't know why the authority taking negative step against their own faculty.
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Like +5 Object -11 Guest 12 Jan 17, 11:57  controversial
Hahahah… What’s wrong in terminating someone if the person is unfit for the job or organization..! Every organization has right to hire/terminate employee who is unfit or unemployable. No organization can afford unproductive employees…!! Hundreds of thousands of people are getting hired/terminated everyday in private companies and organization…! What’s the matter… BE EMPLOYABLE AND GO GET THE NEW JOB…!!
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Like +12 Object -8 Guest 12 Jan 17, 12:44  controversial
The author No 6 is talking about himself.
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Like +7 Object -9 Lower 12 Jan 17, 12:45  controversial
Employee served more than 5 years, how can we say he/she is unfit. May be there is something else. If they unfit then how they selected at the time of interview. May he/she has not the bhakt degree.
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Like +4 Object -10 Adv Bankim 12 Jan 17, 13:37
GO GET THE NEW JOB...!! that's the good one... ROFL
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Like +4 Object -11 Adv Bankim 12 Jan 17, 13:56
Guest no 6 is right indeed. So many top most private companies of our country have sacked/terminated hundreds of employees due to unknown/known reasons in the past and nobody goes to the court asking to save their jobs. Mentality should be changed that government or semi government jobs are secured...!
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Like +12 Object -5 Guest 12 Jan 17, 14:14  interesting  controversial
Author No.10 is having qualified BHAKT DEGREE with distinction.
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Like +19 Object -6 Guest 12 Jan 17, 15:15  interesting  top rated  controversial
MR. BIMAL PATEL IS THE MOST UNQUALIFIED DIRECTOR IN THE WORLD. HE DOES NOT POSSES A“LL.B.” DEGREE, WITHOUT LL.B., HE HAS DONE HIS LL.M. FROM NETHERLANDS (WHICH IS PERMISSIBLE IN NETHERLANDS). His Ph.Ds and Publications are the Research work of Faculty and Students. Though he is “Distinguished Professor of International Law”, (which was given by the Executive Council (He is the Chairman) of GNLU, not by experience), he has edited books on Banking Law, Sports Law, Economics and other SUBJECTS. How an unqualified person can edit/author books ON ABOVE subejcts? He is surviving in GNLU by misleading the Executive and General Council and using political power. Reg. Para 1 (last sentence) in point 1, nobody is with Mr. Bimal Patel, it is his false impression.

Mr. Bimal Patel has joined GNLU in 2008, obtained his first Ph.D. in 2011 and second in 2015. On what basis he is “Eminent Scholar”? He has no teaching experience before joining GNLU and even after joining in GNLU. A junior, co-faculty is always taking classes on his behalf. Regarding the beautification of the campus, please see the NAAC Report, which is available on the website. He is beautifying the campus for the benefit of his wife – Ms. Rupal Patel. She keep on buying the plants. Even in summer (May), GNLU has planted plants. She is not less than a Gardner/maid.

He became member in various bodies by using his political power/influence and misleading the authorities. HE HAS VERY GOOD KNOWLEDGE ON HOUSE KEEPING AND GARDENING. Also he is very good in TYPING (150 WORD PER MINUTE). He was working as Data Entry Operating and Library Assistant etc. in Netherlands. His last job was with the “Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons” as a Manager. NO WAY, HE IS/WAS ACADEMICIAN – HE IS POLITICIAN. HE IS A CANCER FOR THE UNIVERSITY, GNLU will die, if he continue in GNLU.

Mr. Bimal Patel feel that GNLU is his father’s property and he can do anything and everything. He is the most unqualified/unfit and inexperienced person in GNLU. He don’t know “law” as he has not studied LL.B. Regarding productivity, what is Mr. Bimal Patels’ productivity – what he has done for the University? Nothing. The NAAC Team has accredited with “A” Grade with some conditions, in the Report, which he has not followed or implemented. If anyone point out this, the grade will be withdrawn.

It is the habit of Mr. Bimal Patel to remove/demote/harass the employees, if they don’t support for his irregularities/[...]. He is the most [...] person in India.

Bimal Patel should ask himself the following questions (1) whether I am justifying my salary? (2) Is I am fit to hold this position? (3) Is I am misusing the Funds? (4) Is I am misleading the world? (5) Is I am sincere and honest? etc.

I will comment more tomorrow. I think, I have covered all the 10 points.
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Like +10 Object -2 Mr. X 12 Jan 17, 15:44  interesting
One should ask Director how one could take back entry in selection process, this is a extra talent of an eminent scholar, isn't it Mr. Bimal Patel?
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Like +3 Object -10 Guest 12 Jan 17, 16:28
One cannot count the suitability by the years. Think from the perspective of being fruitful or damaging. INDEED it is true that thousands of people are getting removed from their JOB. Does that mean all of them are unfair? ?

BE REALISTIC... Mr.... There are N numbers of MBAs are available in the market.
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Like +2 Object -10 Sensible Reader 12 Jan 17, 16:57
Mr. MBA do not hue and cry about your Job.. There are many like you in the market. Think from the perspective of fruitful or damaging.The organisation will act for their benefit. Not yours.. Go get New job.
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Like +10 Object -1 Guest 12 Jan 17, 18:03  interesting
Leave about the prospect of MBA's .Bhakto please reply to comment No. 11 and 12.

Bhaktooooo Please reply.
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Like +11 Object -0 Guest 12 Jan 17, 19:04  interesting
After 15 years he didn't get settled in Netherl and now he is suggesting for other's career.
He is missusing the trust of Hon'ble PM and Legal fartanit.
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Like +10 Object -0 God is great 12 Jan 17, 19:28  interesting
MBA is wright. all the best. we pray for other three persons are facing their Service in GNLU.
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Like +9 Object -2 Mr. X 13 Jan 17, 00:00  interesting
It's surprising to know Mr. Patel's education qualifications, he is himself an institute within him.Doing LLM without persue LLB. Ppls are insane who giving CLAT then, they should teach from Mr. Patel how to be a DIRECTOR of Law University after completing agricultural graduation and doing injustice to local Gujarati employees (including administrative staff) being Gujarati, well done my Dutch friends, keep it up
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Like +1 Object -6 Kian Gandz 13 Jan 17, 03:55
1. You must note that all employees at GNLU are appointed for a period of 5 years only, on contract basis.

2. In this case, as can be seen from the paragraph reproduced in the judgement, Mr. Manoj Patel (staff) was appointed on January 2, 2012. A 5 year term would mean his employment would be over on December 31, 2016, hence the termination letter.

3. I see no impropreity on GNLU's end, though there may be some typographical error in the appointment letter (December 31, 2017 instead of 2016). Looks like Mr. Manoj Patel is trying to take undue advantage of this, which is highly unethical of him. In any case, the hon'ble High Court of Gujarat will get to the root of the matter. You could also have chosen this narrative, from the information you get from your "sources" at GNLU.

4. It is only the "say" of the petitioner that he has been given another appointment letter post probation. This is never te case, probably it is just a confirmation letter which he is trying to portray as another appointment letter. In any case, again, the hon'ble Gujarat High Court will determinew the truth.

5. Please verify your sources on the "enquiry" faced by Dr. Bimal Patel for "alleged illegal appointmets" made by him at GNLU, inititated by the hon'ble former Chief Justice of India, Justice Thakur. Please avoid such fake news.
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Like +10 Object -0 Kian Gandz 13 Jan 17, 10:07  interesting
Director is also appointed on 5 yreas contract but after 5 years he pleads to General Council and get himself appointed after manipulating Madhav Menons' report.

Where is the termination order it was a total termination as pointed by High Court.

I think court must have seen weather the letter is confirmation letter or appointment letter before granting intrem relief.

All permanent appointments are done
without qualifications and experiences so no much more intensive inquiry is still waiting for GNLU DIRECTOR
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Like +5 Object -0 Lower 13 Jan 17, 07:33  interesting
I completely agreed with author no. 16,17 and 18. It is surprising that highest authority of gnlu is not qualified. And he talks about others qualifications. We pray for the employees of gnlu to save them.
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Like +1 Object -11 Expert 13 Jan 17, 19:06
Lot of misinformations about Prof Patel is being said. Correct facts is as below:

1. The negative comments being posted are by some frustrated GNLU students who get bad marks.

2. Prof Patel worked in senior capacity in UN. His eminence as jurist was recently recognised by government of India when he was appointed to prestigious Law Commission of India with topmost legal minds.

3. Do not post stupid comments like others wrote Prof Patel's doctorate or other personal attacks. As students you should know that defamation is criminal offence, as uphold by Learned Supreme Court.

4. Under Prof Patel many good teachers have joined, research centre set up and overall infrastructure have improved.

5. NAAC has given GNLU the highest grad (A).

Truth is that GNLU is on path to become the best GNLU because of leadership of Prof Patel and blessings of Shri Narendra Modi.
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Like +2 Object -3 Gnluit 13 Jan 17, 19:39
Naac has not given A with condition. See report whuch was available sometime back. It is recommendation which is a part of standard naac report. Some people doesnt know difference between condition and recommendation....haha
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Like +7 Object -0 Guest 13 Jan 17, 22:19  interesting
Lot of misfortune is written about MBAs in general and lot of free advise is given by BHAKT Employees of GNLU.
So kindly refrain yourself as deformation is criminal offence and you might be facing one.
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Like +7 Object -1 Tax Payer 14 Jan 17, 14:27  interesting
Bhakto ask for inquiry in the following points then you will get the truth;
1) Did Search Committee recommend current Director in year 2008? If not than without valid reason recommendation of the Search Committee can be ignored than what is the use of Search Committee?
2) Did the current Registrar had UGC required qualifications for the position of Registrar when he was appointed? If not then why UGC should publish guideline?
3) There is a long list where the Director and Registrar has deliberately violated rules and functioning as they are not answerable to anyone.
4) Bhakto think again they are playing with our (tax payers) money. They are misleading the University statutory committee, UGC, Government and the trust of Prime Minister in unacceptable way.
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Like +5 Object -0 Lower 14 Jan 17, 17:27  interesting
Oho. Registrar is also not qualified. Then how they run the university smoothly. They do whatever they want and not follow the UGC rules as well as recruitment rules. They also misguided the statutory bodies ec ,GC etc. Really it's horrible. God save the university.
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Like +5 Object -1 Guest 14 Jan 17, 19:05
It's surprising that Both the highest authority of GNLU is not qualified, therefore it's not surprising that GNLU is always in Court.
But Registrar is slowly getting everything and ultimately Director will have to suffer. I ask legally India team to report this matter to UGC and Prime Minister Office.
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Like +0 Object -1 Kian Gandz 24 Jan 17, 02:13
Prof. Patel is a member of the Law Commission of India and also a member of the National Security Advisory Board.

I don't know where this rhetoric of him being "not qualified" is coming from. Probably a few frustrated students and staff and spreading this non sense, aided by the skewed reporting of Legally India.
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Like +4 Object -0 Lower 14 Jan 17, 20:45
Registrar is getting highest position in administration without qualification and experience.He is not law graduate. In law university the registrar is non law-person.amazing. how?
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 15 Jan 17, 05:50
What happened to Legally India's promised survey of faculty in the NLUs? Please do it now since CLAT season is approaching.
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Like +1 Object -4 Student of GNLU 15 Jan 17, 21:12
Recently a verbal survey was taken among students of GNLU. 98% of them said they are vey happy with the leadership of Prof Patel. So only 2% are posting negative remarks.
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Like +2 Object -1 Ghanta 16 Jan 17, 20:43
"Verbal survey" - lol.
"very happy" - lol.
"Leadership" - lol.
"Prof Patel" - Looooooooollll.
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 16 Jan 17, 15:40
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Like +1 Object -0 Mr. X 18 Jan 17, 10:02
Really there are very serious concerns of education qualifications of higher management officials in GNLU, Honorable High Court should bring mandamus writ on officials of GNLU, bcoz some persons are taking from granted as they are not fulfills qualifications and remove other lower scale employees, Bimal Patel should set harmony within system for his survival reason in GNLU
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