Hearing on petition pertaining to Law Deptt of RDU after 3 weeks

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2018 11:57:30


 

 

Legal Correspondent

On the letter petition (PUD) seeking improvement in infrastructure and other facilities in the Law Department of Rani Durgawati University (RDU), Jabalpur, Counsel for the Rani Durgawati University submitted before the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court that the respondent University undertakes to complete the entire process of selection and issue appointment orders in respect of the vacant posts in the Law faculty within three weeks.


Thereafter, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice, Ravi Shankar Jha and Justice, Mohammad Fahim Anwar said that on request, list the petition immediately after three weeks.Senior Advocate Naman Nagrath as amicus curiae with Advocate S P Rai appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Government Advocate Piyush Dharmadhikari for the respondent State, Anshul Tiwari for the respondent and Senior Advocate, Prashant Singh with Vineeta Sharma for the respondent University.


The division bench of the MPHC mentioned in the order that this court on July 30, 2018 passed orders removing all apprehension in the mind of the respondents in respect of the letters issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) dated on July 9, 2018 and the Government of India dated on July 18, 2018 making it absolutely clear that the stipulations contained in the said letters would not apply generally to all the process of appointments and to the implementation of the directions issued by this court for making appointment in the Law Department of the University, where according to the reports submitted by the committee appointed by this court, no permanent faculty has been appointed or exists in the five year LLB course in which hundreds of students are studying. Though the respondent State has not placed before us any order or document indicating constitution of the selection committee or the approval thereof, which is necessary for implementing the orders of this court, the learned Senior Counsel for the respondent University, on instructions, informs that the University has received a letter from the Chancellor dated on July 23, 2018 constituting a Selection Committee. He, on instructions, submits that the respondent University undertakes to complete the entire process of selection and issue appointment orders in respect of the vacant posts in the Law faculty within three weeks. On his request, list the petition immediately after three weeks, the division bench said.


The division bench has heard the letter petition send by Rohit Pali and other students of Law Department of Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur. This petition indicates the sorry state of affairs that is prevalent in the Law faculty at Rani Durgawati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur. Various students pursuing courses of law in the said University wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of this High Court on September 11, 2013 indicating to the Chief Justice the various defects in the functioning of the Law faculty, particularly with regard to the infrastructure facility and there being a lack of permanent teaching staff in the University.


The matter was taken up by an appropriate committee of the High Court and finding public interest involved in the matter, the Chief Justice on recommendation of the appropriate committee, directed for registration of the letter written by the students as a Letter Petition in public interest and to proceed in the matter.