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Prof applicant wins interim ex parte brake on NLSIU fac recruitment process from HC

The Karnataka high court has ordered NLSIU Bangalore not to finalise the first permanent recruitment of faculty in 12 years, which we had reported on 1 February.

According to Bar & Bench, high court Justice SG Pandit had passed an interim, ex parte order on 14 February that:

The respondent no. 1 is directed not to finalize the selection in pursuance of Annexure G, Notification bearing No. 1/2020, dated 1.02.2020 and Annexure H, Notification bearing No. 2/2022 dated 1.02.2020 and not to issue appointment letter without permission.

The challenge was filed by advocate Pratapsing Jadhav, who is resident in Hubballi in Karnataka and according to the order has “applied for the post of Assistant Professor in Constitutional Law”.

It is understood that since the order was passed without hearing NLSIU, the law school will contest the order by the single judge as the recruitment process continues.

The grounds for the petition appears to have been that NLSIU’s notification was “vague” regarding minimum qualifications required for applicants and that reservations were “not forthcoming” (according to the notification, one assistant professor each out of eight positions in law had been reserved for SC and ST category candidates respectively).

NLS HC order via Bar & Bench
NLS HC order via Bar & Bench

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