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The National Commission for Backward Classes has summoned Vice-Chancellors of National Law Universities (NLUs) and state authorities to a complaint that NLUs across the country are flouting mandatory reservation policies in place for socially and economically backward candidates.
In June this year, the Commission had summoned the Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR, Hyderabad, in a complaint filed by Advocate Ramesh Babu Viswanathula.
Viswanathula has now raised concern that NLUs would proceed with the upcoming admissions for the 2020 batch of law students without implementing reservation for the Backward Classes/Other Backward Classes. In view of this apprehension, he had recently filed an additional representation before the Commission, continuing with his original petition filed in May this year.
Taking serious note of the same, the Commission has now directed various NLUs to file their response to Viswanathula’s complaint by December 13.
The information sought by the Commission includes the total number of seats and reservation policy adopted by each NLU at the time of admission, Backward Classes reservation policies adopted through Government Orders issued by the state governments, whether the State Government in Telangana is aware of the non-implementation of the reservation policy in the NLU etc.
Further, the Commission has also asked the concerned authorities to appear before it on December 17. As stated in the order of the Commission dated November 28, 2019,
“Keeping in view the seriousness of the case, the National Commission for Backward Classes instruct you to appear before the Commission’s headquarter at NCBC Headquarter at Trikoot – 1, 12:00 Noon along with all relevant documents in this case positively to enquire into the facts of the matter. “
Apart from various NLUs, notice has also been issued to the various state government authorities, particularly Chief Secretaries of states and authorities in the Backward Classes Welfare departments of various states.
[Read the Order]
[Read the amendment petition]