Bar Council of India Condemns Protest by NLSIU Students in a letter to CJI

Team SoOLEGAL 23 Sep 2019 7:25pm

Bar Council of India Condemns Protest by NLSIU Students in a letter to CJI

The on-going issue at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore has now got another obstacle with a letter written by the Bar Council of India (BCI) today on September 23 to the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi seeking his intervention into the matter and calling for action against the students who are protesting inside the campus.

The students at NLSIU have been holding a peaceful protest inside the college campus against the non-appointment of Prof. S. Krishnaswamy as the new Vice-Chancellor of NLSIU. The protests by students had begun on Friday, September 20. The students had earlier stated to boycott classes and have also boycotted the examinations which were scheduled to begin from today.

The Students have been at a sit-in protest outside the Registrar’s office after information was received by students relating to a change in the composition of the Executive Council (EC) of NLSIU which could hamper the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor.

The BCI letter has been addressed to CJI by Co-Chairman of BCI and Member of the Exec. Council of NLSIU, Advocate Ved Prakash Sharma. The letter mentions that NLSIU is becoming home to unruly elements among students who have forced a strike and boycott classes in the premier and most outstanding legal education center of the country and the world. It further states that the student body is even indulging in acts of misdemeanor and indiscipline.

The letter also defended the Registrar of NLSIU by stating that “the student body is crossing its limit by trying to question the functioning of the Executive Council and accusing the Registrar by imputing motives on him for allegedly halting the process of appointment of Professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy as Vice-Chancellor, totally forgetting that the Registrar is also a senior professor of NLSIU and commands respect in the academic circles as an acclaimed teacher of law.”

It has been highlighted in the said letter that the decision regarding appointment of Prof. Krishnaswamy as next VC was to be considered by the EC in the next meeting and there was no reason for the student body to make it a controversial issue leading to present unfortunate scenario. Sharma also demanded stringent action against those behind the reprehensible move to disturb and destroy peace and orderly functioning of NLSIU.

The letter questions about the authority of students in the process of appointment of VC or any faculty member and neither the NLSIU act nor rules permit students to be a part of any such process. The role of Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy behind the present agitation has also been alleged in the letter.

The BCI letter concludes by observing that the decision to appoint Prof. Krishnaswamy as VC should be reviewed by EC and suitable action be taken against the students responsible for creating the present situation on campus. Moreover, CJI Gogoi has been requested to include the said letter for discussion in the agenda of the next EC meeting scheduled to be held on September 28, 2019.

Chief Justice of India - Ranjan Gogoi, is the Chancellor of NLSIU, Bengaluru and head of the Executive Council.

Tagged: NLSIU   Bar Council of India   BCI   Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi   CJI   NLSIU Protest  
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