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Guj HC summons Bimal Patel, registrar for potential contempt of prior orders, rages: ‘No one is above law’

Patel certainly not above the law reminds Guj HC, yet againPatel certainly not above the law reminds Guj HC, yet again

GNLU Gandhinagar director Bimal Patel has been asked to appear in person before the Gujarat high court at 11am tomorrow, due to his failure to comply with the high court's orders.

Gujarat HC justices Anant S Dave and Biren Vaishnav wrote in their 19 February order: "No one is above law, howsoever high he or she may be.”

The high court which, in three separate orders since April 2017, has directed Patel and GNLU to allow the law school's accounts officer to continue in his post, said:

In continuous defiance of two orders passed by a Division Bench of this Court dated 25.01.2018 and 05.02.2018, the respondent has committed breach of the orders and particularly that of second order, whereby, the Director, G.N.L.U was directed to continue respondent / original petitioner in service based on appointment letter dated 31.12.2013 and to be paid all the emoluments as stated in column No.2 therein till further order and no disciplinary action was to be taken till the next date of hearing namely 07.03.2018.

The court had on 25 January 2018 asked Patel to consider the offer of the accounts officer to withdraw the litigation entirely if Patel were to clear all his dues including benefits up to January 2017. The high court had given Patel time until 30 January to take a decision. But on 30 January Patel submitted to the court that till the time GNLU's executive council does not convene a meeting to consider the accounts officer's offer, his dues only until 31 December 2016 can be cleared.

Therefore, on 5 February the high court ordered:

Prima facie, it appears that the order dated 25.1.2018 passed by this Court is not taken in its true spirit by the Director, GNLU, and therefore, the appellant-GNLU is directed to continue the respondent herein-original petitioner in service based on the appointment letter dated 31.12.2013 and shall be paid all emoluments stated in column no.2 therein till further order, without taking any disciplinary action. The matter is adjourned to 7th March 2018.

But even after this second order warning Patel about his non-compliance, Patel asked the officer to proceed on immediate leave with full pay. This action of Patel led the high court to pass the 19 February order giving him time until tomorrow to comply with its orders, failing which Patel would have to appear in person before the court along with GNLU's registrar.

It is not the first time that the Gujarat high court has reprimanded Patel for behaving as if he was above the law. A series of strongly worded orders condemning Patel's conduct on various legal and human rights related issues in running the GNLU administration, have been passed by the high court for the last two years.

We have reached out to Patel for comment.

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Like +42 Object -2 BimPa 20 Feb 18, 12:51  interesting  top rated
Jab sir pe ho Modiji ka haath/ Toh phir court ki main kyun sunu baat?
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Like +8 Object -16 Lol 20 Feb 18, 13:26  controversial
Legally India is a joke.
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Like +11 Object -3 kianganz 20 Feb 18, 17:45  interesting
Hmm, are you also implying that the Gujarat high court is a joke, then?
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Like +5 Object -2 Lol 21 Feb 18, 11:53
The fact that you losers couldn't publish the GNLU Jessup victory but focussed on administrative matters like this, shows that you are a joke of a website.
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Like +12 Object -3 kianganz 21 Feb 18, 11:56  interesting
When the heck did GNLU win Jessup?
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Like +3 Object -2 Lol 21 Feb 18, 14:14
Can't help it if you are so ignorant, Kian.
Shame that you are a BIASED legal journalist.
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Like +4 Object -7 Runners up 21 Feb 18, 16:23
When will GNLU guys realise that winning the national qualifiers doesn't entitle them to boast about winning Jessup!
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Like +6 Object -3 kianganz 21 Feb 18, 16:30
Let me help you, because it seems like you need it. I think what you were trying to say was:

1. GNLU won the national Jessup rounds this year (a feat we would have covered, but for the fact that we haven't covered any moots this season).

2. Please continue your coverage of the unprecedented fact of an NLU director getting told by a HC that no one is above the law, after he ignored its orders. By my shouting at you and claiming you are biased and publishing fake news, I am actually intending to encourage you to stay the course, because that's exactly the effect I am having. :)
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Like +6 Object -1 PapaBim 21 Feb 18, 20:21  interesting
Come on Kian... GNLU winning Jessup national rounds is big news... Because the entire credit goes to the brilliant and hardworking students of GNLU... And you should consider publishing a story on the same
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Like +1 Object -0 sidecomment 28 Feb 18, 01:36
Why are moots not being covered?
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Like +3 Object -0 PapaBim 20 Feb 18, 19:52
Typical traits of an arrogant dictator (read director) who is not even a law graduate but is leading a world class low university
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Like +4 Object -0 GNLUite 20 Feb 18, 21:43
Thought this whole attitude of not listening and doing whatever he wants was just for the students, I guess not.
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Like +5 Object -2 Guest 21 Feb 18, 05:32
Thank you Legally India for highlighting misogvernance in various Indian law schools. Bar & Bench blacks out these stories.
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Like +5 Object -0 Feku 21 Feb 18, 10:52  interesting
Now go tell the High Court that you are a great leader and that you have a double PhD, including from world-famous Leiden University and you were an eminent jurist in Hague. Pah.
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 22 Feb 18, 05:37
Really stupid comments from those who are criticising LI for not covering GNLU for winning Jessup India rounds. It's merely a qualifier. By that yardstick he did not mention those teams which qualifies for the world rounds of the Oxford IP and media law moots.

LI is against the VC, you idiots, not GNLU as a whole. Same for the coverage regarding other NLUs. Don't be a blind bhakt and overlook the faults of the administration.
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Like +4 Object -0 Lol 22 Feb 18, 15:48
Really comparing Jessup National Qualifiers with Oxford IP? Naicceee
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Like +2 Object -0 Free bird 22 Feb 18, 11:51
Don't you find it ridiculous that there is always some guy answering on these forums who obviously sounds like Mr Patel or one of his henchmen.

Get a life losers and do your jobs, which is, to serve the students and fill up your own pockets.
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Like +2 Object -0 Aaaa 22 Feb 18, 12:10
No one is above law
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Like +1 Object -0 wellwisher 22 Feb 18, 15:58
1. Thank you LI for publishing news that no one else does specially in Gujarat as the media is totally gagged.

2. Bimal Patel is not a law graduate, the Registrar Mr. Thomas is also not a Law Graduate therefore they are not aware of the importance of the orders of the High Court. Bimal feels that he can behave the same way Modi behaves

3. Huge corruption is going on in GNLU for appointments of staff including faculty members and should be investigated by someone who is neutral.

4. National Law Universities should set example by abiding the orders of any court in letter and spirit. They should prove that rule of law is prevailing but here its the other way around.
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Like +0 Object -0 randomly 06 Mar 18, 16:05
Can any student confirm if either the Director Mr. Patel or the Registrar Mr. Thomas are qualified to practice law in India? In the absence of either of them being eminent anythings, what in the world are they doing occupying those positions in the law school?
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