Bhopal: Over 200 students, dozen faculty members & staff found guilty

Bhopal: About 200 students and a dozen staff members have been found guilty of manipulating results in the prestigious National Law Institute University (NLIU) Bhopal. The inquiry report of one-member committee headed by justice (Retd) Abhay Gohil will be tabled in the meeting of General Council (GC) scheduled on January 19.

NLIU campus faced a lot of turmoil two years ago when students accused the administration of manipulating marksheets and passing the undeserving students. They had complained to the Chief Justice of MP, who is also head of the GC. After severe protests an inquiry committee was formed under Justice (Retd) Abhay Govil.

About 15 students were found guilty in this report that was tabled in the GC. In that report only one person was found guilty-assistant registrar Ranjeet Singh was suspended on the basis of this report. GC Members after going through the report said that involvement of others should also be inquired into. Govil was given the responsibility once again to inquire into involvement of others.

It was after this that an in-depth inquiry was conducted and record of about 8000 pass-outs of NLIU (since its inception) was probed. According to sources it has come to fore that more than 200 students and a dozen staff members including some faculty members have been found guilty.

The report has categorised guilty students under three categories- category one is said to be the gravest that has about 80 students, confirmed a source. They were allegedly found involved in conspiracy where their numbers were increased exorbitantly. Level one category has students that have taken advantage of availing grace marks more than allowed (2 marks).

Not just this there were cases where students failed in dozen subjects but got a degree. There were examples where students scored very poorly but passed with flying colours, confirmed the sources. There were some students who were on the borderline and availed advantage of grace marks up to 8 in one subject. The inquiry committee took about five months to complete the probe and submitted the report last month, said sources.

Sources confirmed that irregularities started from the year 1999 to 2016. According to sources many students-including those named in the report have allegedly been placed in jobs like judges, lawyers practicing in High Courts and Supreme Court.

Justice Gohil refused to comment on the matter and said that he had submitted the report and now it is on the general council to decide on it. But he confirmed that certain malpractices have been highlighted in his report.
During the inquiry Justice Gohil gave the list of students to NLIU registrar Giribala Singh in October 2018 to give them a chance for clarification.  Registrar NLIU, Giribala Singh confirmed to Free Press that the meeting of GC is scheduled on January 19 and that the inquiry report will be tabled in the meeting.

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