Justice Gohil Committee, which was formed to investigate the allegations of awarding fake degrees to the students of National Law Institute University (NLIU), has called for action against the nine faculty and staff members. The panel which was formed by Abhay Gohil, former Madhya Pradesh High Court judge has recommended filing FIRs against these staff and faculty members. The matter actually came into limelight in the year 2016 when some students went on an indefinite protest and lodged a complaint to then Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court Hemant Gupta, who was head of the general council of the institute. A three-member committee consisting of SS Kushwah, UP Singh and Ghayur Alam was set up. The committee submitted three reports in May 2017, July 2017 and September 2017. Reports stated that not only students who failed but those who were absent also received their degrees. They further got jobs in several law firms. Other problems included missing answer sheets and tabulation charts etc. In a report submitted to the General Council of the University, it was stated that NLIU manipulated marks and awarded fake degrees to students from 1998 to 2013. A similar report cites the example of a student from the batch of 2010 who failed in 47 subjects but still received a pass certificate in all subjects and a degree. The committee found that there were 188 such students and recommended action against 101 students out of them. The panel has called it a “clear case of forgery, fraud and creating false documents to make changes in the genuine record of the University under a criminal conspiracy” after finding that the manipulations were done without providing the justification for increase in marks. While speaking to Bar & Bench, NLIU Bhopal Registrar Giribala Singh said, “The General Council has approved certain recommendations [made by the Committee]. We are still waiting for the signed copy of the GC report to come back to us so that we can initiate action”.
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