HC to hear RDU University case after 4 weeks

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Sep 2018 11:29:01


 

 

Legal Correspondent

In the matter related to the letter petition (PUD) seeking improvement of infrastructure and other facilities in the Law Department of RDU University, Jabalpur, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice, Ravi Shankar Jha and Justice, Sanjay Dwivedi has said that “the Senior Counsel for the respondent University is directed to file an affidavit indicating the progress undertaken by them for the purposes of filling up the remaining posts”.


During the hearing, a report has been submitted by the respondent university according to which, pursuant to the recruitment process undertaken by them, two posts of Assistant Professor in Law have been filled up, while the remaining four posts namely; one post of Professor, two posts of Associate Professor and one post of Assistant Professor still remains vacant.


The Senior Counsel appearing for the respondent University submitted that, they shall immediately undertake fresh proceeding by issuing advertisement for filling up these remaining posts and shall complete the process within a period of three months. In view of the aforesaid statement of the Senior Counsel appearing for the respondent University, list this petition after four weeks. The Senior Counsel for the respondent University is directed to file an affidavit, indicating the progress undertaken by them for the purposes of filling up the remaining posts, the division bench said.


Advocate Satish Dixit appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Senior Advocate Prashant Singh with Anshul Tiwari, Counsel for the respondent university.


In the previous hearing, Senior Counsel appearing for the respondent/University had prayed for and had granted a week’s time to produce the appointment order along with an affidavit indicating the steps taken by the University.
Earlier, Counsel for the RDU University had submitted before the division bench of the MPHC 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.


The division bench has heard the letter petition sent 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 the appropriate committee of the High Court and finding public interest involved in the matter, the Chief Justice on recommendation of the appropriate committee, directed registration of the letter written by the students as a Letter Petition in public interest and proceed in the matter.

Earlier, the division bench of the MPHC had mentioned in the order that this court on July 30, 2018 passed orders removing all apprehensions in the mind of the respondents in respect of the letters issued by the 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, submitted 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