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BCI issues show-cause notice to DU's Faculty of Law

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a fresh trouble for Delhi University's Faculty of Law, the Bar Council of India has issued it a show-cause notice to explain the "illegalities" in its functioning including more than permissible student strength, lack of infrastructure and faculty.

In an unprecedented move, BCI, the apex regulatory body for legal education and legal profession in India, had in 2014 decided to derecognise DU's law course after it failed to seek timely extension of the affiliation of its three centres, namely Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-I and Law Centre-II.

However, it was granted a provisional extension of affiliation for the 2014-15 session after DU had proposed to shift to a new building which it claimed "had adequate space" for the faculty to run properly.

The show-cause notice comes after a fresh inspection by a BCI panel, headed by former Chief Justice of Patna High Court L Narasimha Reddy, which has observed that besides fresh violations, the illegalities earlier highlighted remain unattended.

"The strength of 1,500 candidates in three centres of DU increased by 54 per cent though what was permissible under the act was only 27 per cent. Even this was done without approval of BCI," the BCI communication to the university said.

"Further, the record discloses that by and large the deficiencies pointed out by the earlier inspection committee remain unattended.

"The panel has stated that the Faculty of Law must arrange for 100 classrooms to accommodate the present strength. This apart from other requirements such as library, tutorial rooms, common rooms, moot courts etc. From this point of view, there is an acute shortage of infrastructure," it added.

Dean of Faculty of Law Ashwini Kumar Bansal was not available for comments on the issue.

"The records disclose that for past 15 years no regular

appointments for teachers have been made in the Faculty of Law. The matter cannot be delayed further," the notice said.

The BCI has also directed the university to send an undertaking of compliance with rules rectifying the anomalies within four weeks.

"On complying with the same, approval may be renewed for current academic year with a clear stipulation that failure to honour the undertaking would entail further extension of approval," it said.

Eminent figures like Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, former HRD minister Kapil Sibal, Supreme Court Judge Rohinton Nariman, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi are among the the Faculty of Law alumni.

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First Published: Mon, January 04 2016. 19:33 IST