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Gujarat HC finds another 'strong' case against GNLU over staffers' petition


GNLU revisits HC, staff troubled this timeGNLU revisits HC, staff troubled this time

GNLU Gandhinagar is again in the Gujarat high court, this time as three administrative staff members have alleged that GNLU director Bimal Patel made illegal appointments at the law school.

We understand from sources close to the litigation that the dispute is regarding Patel having advertised for new posts instead of converting the petitioners’ existing contractual appointments to permanent appointments.

Swaminadhan, who is one of the petitioners in the case, declined to comment at the time of going to press.

Gujarat high court justice JB Pardiwala passed an order in favour of the petitioners on 18 April, stating that “the petitioners have been able to make out a strong prima facie case to have an interim order”.

The next date of hearing in the case is 7 July.

An independent inquiry at GNLU was ordered by the Gujarat HC this month, into alleged cheating by student Brahmbatt, after a single-judge bench of the same high court had overturned the law school's earlier investigation into the matter terming it malafide, unreasonable and illegal, and had observed in his order that Patel had turned GNLU into an oligarchy violating human rights.

Patel did not respond to Legally India's emailed request for comment since yesterday. In fact Patel did not respond to a single request for comment from us on any of the stories we reported recently on Brahmbatt's battle against GNLU, but he sent an internal email to GNLU's faculty on 23 June, alleging the existence of "defamatory news" on the oligarchy case.

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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 28 Jun 16, 18:55
Expose to this Bimal Patel..he must be behind the bars.
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Like +8 Object -1 Aila 28 Jun 16, 19:38  interesting
I think Swaminadhan has been associated with GNLU for more than a decade now.... and cases being filed against a law university left right and centre by students and staff tend to show that definitely all iz not well...but why only the news w.r.t. GNLU is being highlighted....what about other NLUs...Kian bhai..why this kolaveri di...
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Like +1 Object -0 Krakatoa 28 Jun 16, 19:42
Good old Mr. Swaminadhan :)
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Like +0 Object -0 @Kian 28 Jun 16, 20:38
Will MPL start now? If so, then when? I'm joining a law school and look forward to it :3
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Like +0 Object -0 Krakatoa 28 Jun 16, 23:09
Good old Swaminadhan :)
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Like +8 Object -3 Alumni 28 Jun 16, 23:41  interesting
it seems that there is no other law school in country except GNLU for LI. The tone of every story related to GNLU is always negative.
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Like +7 Object -2 kianganz 29 Jun 16, 04:31  interesting
2 things.

1. Re GNLU: We follow where the stories are. Right now, the stories we are getting are at GNLU. If a high court makes a decision on GNLU, or some staff members sue the institution, then that's a story, and is not our fault in any way.

2. Covering negative stories is to a large extent, our job. Avoding writing about negative stories because it upsets some alumni or staff or VC would be wrong.

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Like +1 Object -0 Legally Poet 29 Jun 16, 11:45
Thank you Kian for bringing out these stories. :) We, the students and alumni, are fed up with his inefficient and biased administration. Thanks for bringing this out.
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Like +2 Object -1 29 Jun 16, 12:06
Quote of the day: It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.

THis act of his has his evil intentions exposed. The guy intitally harassed the god permanent faculties to leave. And now hes hiring guys on contractrual basis to keep a sword dangling above their necks so that they make no decision against his will and nor do they raise their voices. To make the contractual emplyees viraully his servants, he also is trying to hijack the Executive Committee. As a matter of fact, to make faculties independent, it is highly imperative that Conractual appointment be banned atleast for teaching posts, and posts which are directly involved in management of students.
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Like +1 Object -0 First Batch 30 Jun 16, 16:14
But it holds true for every case, right? For grant of an interim relief, three conditions, i.e., prima facie (or "strong" case), balance of convenience and irreparable loss are essential (as has been decided in a number of cases). Further, grant of interim relief doesn't necessarily mean that a final relief has been granted to a litigant.
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 02 Jul 16, 23:09
Kian why no coverage on faculty crisis at law schools? Law schools are crying out for good faculty and VCs are keeping good people out. I wonder if the powerful NLS and NALSAR lobby and the sudden ads by NUJS on your website have made you silent.
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Like +1 Object -2 Guest 03 Jul 16, 13:03
Kian is the Barkha Dutt of legal journalism. Manufactured outrage against soft targets, silence about the powerful. You may attract lots of readers compared to other websites, but you are not ethical. I feel you have a bias against BJP and Modi, which is why you are targeting Prof Patel and Gujarat.
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Like +1 Object -0 kianganz 08 Jul 16, 19:27
Update: In case anyone is interested, case has been listed for 21 July...
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