Clarify stand on National Law School: HC to Maha

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 19:53

Nagpur: A High Court bench here has sought
the views of Maharashtra government on setting up of the
proposed National Law School in the city, within three weeks.

A division bench of Justices Dilip Sinha and Ashok
Bhangale yesterday issued necessary directives to the
authorities for filing a detailed statement in this regard.
Hearing a writ petition filed by one Shrikant Khandalkar
of a lawyers` organisation, the court directed government
pleader Nitin Sambre to take required instructions from the
state government.

The petition is directed against state government`s
alleged move to shift the venue of the proposed National Law
School from Nagpur to Vasai near Mumbai.

The idea was first mooted during the Platinum Jubilee
celebrations of High Court Bar Association, Nagpur early this
year when the demand was raised in presence of President
Pratibha Patil.

Governor S Shankarnarayanan and Chief Minister
Prithiviraj Chavan and then Supreme Court Judge Justice V S
Sirpurkar had all favoured setting up the NLS here.
The then Law Minister Veerappa Moily and his successor
Salman Khurshid too had agreed to the proposal.

Later, the state government probably changed its mind and
wanted to shift it to Vasai, a move which attracted severe
criticism.

Justice Sirpurkar (now retired) pursued the matter with
both the Centre and state as a follow up to set up the NLS
here but the state has not yet decided on its location in
Nagpur, the petition said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 19:53

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