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NLSIU notification for faculty appointment challenged; Karnataka HC directs law school not to finalise selection

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Dharwad Bench of the Karnataka High Court last week passed an interim order directing the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) to desist from proceeding with the selection list for various teaching posts.

In this respect, the order passed by the Single Judge bench comprising of Justice SG Pandit reads,

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 petitioner in the matter, Pratapsing Jadhav, had approached the High Court claiming that the notifications issued by NLSIU calling for applications for various teaching posts are not in accordance with the applicable UGC Rules and reservation policies.

It was further submitted that the contents of the notifications issued were vague and that the relevant particulars pertaining to minimum qualification required for each post were not specified.

Taking note of the petitioner’s argument, the High Court opined that the notifications did not provide for the relevant particulars. Therefore, the Court went on to hold that the petitioner is entitled to interim relief. In this regard, the order reads,

"Taking note of the Submission of the learned counsel of the petitioner, and on the perusal of the impugned notifications, as the notifications prima facie would not furnish the particulars required in an employment notification, the petitioner is entitled for an interim order."

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Another point considered by the Court was that,

The employment notice indicates the various posts of assistant professors in various subjects, but to which subject the reservation indicated is applicable is also not forthcoming”.

While passing the above order, the Court also noted the point that the petitioner himself had applied for the post of Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at NLSIU.

Advocate Anoop Deshpande appeared on behalf of the petitioner in the matter.

[Read the interim order here]

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