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Delhi Police has filed a case against six policemen from Adarsh Nagar police station for allegedly ill-treating a third-year law student from University of Delhi (DU) – Faculty of Law.

A case has been filed against six policemen including an SHO and five other officers of Adarsh Nagar police station after a third-year law student complained of an alleged ill-treatment.

Vijayanta Arya, Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police (North West) said that an FIR has been registered on the complaint of Pramod Kumar under SC/ST Act and other relevant sections. Investigation has been initiated in the case.

As reported by The Hindu, Pramod Kumar, in his complaint mentioned that on 25th August, around 1:15 p.m., he received a call from Adarsh Nagar police station informing him that three persons including his nephew Amar had been arrested. He alleged that when he reached the station, the police “not only tortured, thrashed and abused him but even used casteist remarks”, Delhi Police said.

He further complained that the police “hit at his private parts” when he inquired the reasons of the arrest of his nephew and 2 other people.

Kumar’s nephew Amar is an accused in a case of Extortion and Arms Act. According to PTI sources, Amar was also earlier booked in March 2019 under POCSO Act and had gone to jail. He was out on bail.

As the news of police’s reported mistreatment reached students, several students from Faculty of Law gathered outside the Adarsh Nagar police station on Saturday night, to protest against the harassment and support Pramod.

Atul Jatav, a student from Faculty of Law, mentioned in his Facebook post that Pramod was “brutally tortured by the SHO and his staff”.

“Riding on their Brahminical masculinity, they attacked him with iron rods targeting his private parts and at the same time lashing casteist slurs against him saying ‘Yeh chamar log law sikhayenge (People from the lower caste will teach us law). It was a classic show of dalit atrocity, but this time by police itself, who are duty bound for the safety and security of these very people”, he wrote.

Amarjeet Kumar Singh, In-charge of All India Students’ Association (AISA) – Faculty of Law said in his press release, “We the students of the University of Delhi Faculty of Law made a gherao of Adarsh Nagar police station from the evening of 31st August 2019 till the morning of 1st September 2019, the police refused to register the FIR, then we sat on dharna there. After five hours of negotiation, the police agreed to register the FIR and finally the FIR has been registered at 4:15 AM on 1st September”, he added.

Singh further accused of alleged discrepancies in the FIR. He said, “There are discrepancies in the FIR. Para (3a) in which time and date of occurrence of offences (is mentioned) and in Para 7 in which the details of ‘known/suspect/unknown accused’ has been kept blank to screen the offenders from legal punishment”

He ended the press release by saying that they “will study the FIR thoroughly and will decide their future course of legal action in the matter as per law”.

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Shreya Agrawal

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Citing non-cooperation by the authorities as the reason, Dean and Head of Faculty of Law, Professor Ved Kumari resigns.

In a shocking turn of events, Dean and Head of Faculty of Law, Professor Ved Kumari has resigned from her position on Tuesday, 18th June. 

Professor Kumari, who assumed the post on September 2nd, 2016, resigned three months prior to her term-end, citing “non- cooperation of the University authorities and illegal/ arbitrary actions of Professor-in-charge, Campus Law Center.”

In her letter addressed to the Vice Chancellor of the University, she writes, “I regret to say that despite doing my best, I have not been able to succeed and secure the best interest of the Faculty of Law in the last two years and nine months.”

In her letter, she made some shocking revelations which lead to her resignation.IMG_20190618_213555

She accused the institute and the authorities for allowing students with even 31 per cent attendance to take exams, and in this allowance, serving injustice to the hardworking students who attend the class regularly.

She also revealed that fake records of tutorial classes were maintained in the institute.

According to Professor Kumari, she has “repeatedly felt embarrassed and humiliated at no action and no response,” to her calls, letters, personal meetings as the Dean and Head by the University authorities, when asked for necessary action to be taken.IMG_20190618_213604

She believes that nothing will change in the coming three months and thus, she has decided to resign before her tenure ends.

Speaking to the dismal state of affairs at the Faculty of Law, she says that the institute deserves immediate support from the authorities to deal with the numerous issues hovering over it.

This is not the first time that one of the most prestigious law institutes of the country, Faculty of Law, has been embroiled in a controversy.

Last year, the institute came into the media’s scanner after LLB entrance exam and LLM semester exam papers were leaked.

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Shreya Agrawal

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Infrastructural and administrative issues find way in the University once again, this time, at the Faculty of Law.
For years, students have complained over the poor infrastructure, dysfunctional air conditioners, not up-to-date technology, and less library space. It was also noted that the administration has not sanctioned the required expenditure of INR 76,00,000.
As reported by The New Indian Express, Rajesh Singh, Deputy librarian informed that a proposal of INR 76,00,000 was submitted by library committee. “Students have been raising these issues for a long time. We have written to the University three to four times since 2016, when the issues came to our knowledge,” he said. The latest request made to the varsity, he said, was in March this year. Singh, later ensured that the Dean had submitted the request to the University Grants Commission and the once the University generates funds, changes will be made.
In a number of letters written to the administration, there are repeated complaints of space shortage in the library, library systems not being updated, and the computer systems being out of order.

Shivansh,  a student at Faculty of Law said, “A requisition has been made by the students to get the required infrastructure. While we are nowhere close when it comes to National Law Universities as far as facilities are concerned, access to online law databases like SCC Online and Manupatra are a must for a law student to exist in this profession. Library is mostly overcrowded and there is a scuffle to get a seat, at times. We are not allowed issue, expensive publishers like Halsbury and Mulla. These are some issues we all face day in and day out. I understand how the Faculty of Law is the best place to learn if we were to take in regard return on investment.  However, that can’t be the benchmark when it comes to government universities.”

Kartik Saini, another student addressed the problems Hindi medium students face. He said, “There are not enough books and reading material especially for Hindi medium students. Students from south India sometimes face problem in understanding when teacher uses Hindi as a medium of communication in class. Apart from that, fans seem to be useless. The library lacks chairs and the ones present right now aren’t comfortable enough.”

The Faculty of Law has also failed the teachers. Many classrooms lack microphones and teachers have to bring their own required teaching material to the classes.

One can hope that these matters are addressed immediately and the University administration takes prompt action.


(With inputs from The New Indian Express)

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Jaishree Kumar

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Two final-year law students from the University of Delhi (DU) died in a road mishap near Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial in Civil Lines in the wee hours of 2nd June 2018.

The two students pursuing law from the Faculty of Law (DU), Akshat Kamboj and Vikhyat Pandit, were on a scooter and are suspected to have been hit by a tractor. The students and four others were returning to their flat from Chandni Chowk. The group was travelling on three different two-wheelers.

The Police learnt about the accident through a call from a passerby at 3.04 am, who informed them about the two bleeding men lying on the road. A team was dispatched to the spot and the two youths were taken to Sushruta Trauma Centre where they were declared brought dead. A senior police official was quoting as saying, “Akshat died on the spot while Vikhyat was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.”

The police officer had commented, “During preliminary inquiry, it was found that they were riding a scooter, and were hit by a vehicle while trying to overtake a bus. We have registered a case of rash driving and causing death due to negligence. CCTV footage of the area is being checked to ascertain the vehicle number.”

The postmortem of both victims was conducted on Saturday and the bodies were subsequently handed over to the families. After being informed about this unfortunate incident, the DU Beat correspondent decided to take insights from different student quarters of DU regarding the road safety mechanism prevailing on campus and how it can be improved.

President (DU unit) of the All India Students’ Association (AISA) Kawalpreet Kaur, who is herself pursuing law from the Faculty of Law, the same institution as the victims, gave her insights to the DU Beat correspondent through a phone call conversation. She remarked, “The Campus area should be declared a ‘closed students’ area’ which means that there should be certain restrictions laid down for the plying of vehicles of the general public. We had proposed this to the Varsity and this proposal was also taken up for serious consideration. But due to political pressures from certain quarters like the Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Government, this proposal has not made much headway.”

Bharat Khatana, Delhi State Secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), who is also pursuing law from the Faculty of Law, told DU Beat, “This is not the first time that students have lost their lives in road accidents. One way to ensure safety for one and all is to place CCTV cameras at every intersection. Further, students must not engage in driving if they are under the influence of any alcoholic substance. Students must not jump red lights even if it is not the peak hour.”

Vijay Tyagi, the former Social Media Head of the ABVP, who also pursued his Bachelor’s from the Faculty of Law, told the DU Beat correspondent, “The fact that there is no proper road safety mechanism in campus is appalling. And the recurrent road accidents that have been taking place are testimonies of this.” When asked about what can be done to improve the state of affairs on campus, he told this correspondent, “First, personal vehicles should not be allowed on Chhatra Marg. Second, there should be separate lanes for two-wheelers and a well-maintained road for pedestrians across the campus. And third, the University Security Personnel should increase their effort to maintain law and order on campus.”

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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak

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Students of the general category are now facing a tough competition ahead. Unlike previous years, the total number of 2,310 seats this year is inclusive of the supernumerary categories, which were reserved for:

  • Students with physical disabilities,
  • Children of war widows
  • Foreign nationals

This has been announced through a notification issued by the university on July 7. Hence, there will be only be 1,033 seats for general category students this year.

Previously, there were 2,310 seats in place which were meant for students in the unreserved category as well as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. The 310 supernumerary were separated from this. The new notification was announced days after the tussle between the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the Delhi University Law Faculty. The judgement then stated that the varsity must admit 2,310 students this academic session as opposed to BCI’s order of admitting only 1,440 students.

Earlier this year, the BCI stated the university cannot admit more than 1,440 students and that the university must comply with the Legal Education Rules, 2008, and place a limit on the number of students. The case then reached the Delhi High Court, wherein the university was allowed to admit 2,310 students for the LLB programme.

Hence, this year, the general category will have 1,033 seats as compared to 1,167 till last year. Now due to the reduction of seats for unreserved category, those in the reserved category will also face a slash number of seats reserved. The break up has been decided upon as:

  • OBC: reduction of seats from 623 to 552
  • SCs: reduction of seats from 347 to 307
  • STs: reduction of seats from 173 to 153

No details have yet been revealed on how the seats will be divided between the three centres: the Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-I and Law Centre-II.


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In a surprise to the students preparing for the LLB entrance, the University has changed the syllabus and the pattern of the entrance examination for the LLB Course. According to this change, the number of questions for the offline exams has been reduced to 100 from 175. With the test scheduled to be held on 2nd July, the news comes as a shocker to the students who had been preparing according to the previous pattern.

According to the notification which came up on Saturday from the office of Dean Law Faculty, the new pattern will consist of  100 multiple choice questions on English language comprehension, general knowledge and current affairs, reasoning and analytical abilities and legal awareness in the aptitude test. This is in contrast to the previous pattern wherein a major portion used to be on Polity and Constitution which comprised of 50 questions in a paper of 175 questions. This section has been majorly scrapped in the new pattern.

As per a report in The Indian Express, a senior law faculty official mooted centralised University examination as the cause of the change. “As it is the university (which is) conducting the entrance along with other entrance based programmes so uniform question pattern was followed. We really cannot do anything about it”, he said.

While these changes are bound to create further anxiety in the student community, with less than 7 days to go for the exam, a current student of the Law Faculty does not see this the same way. In a dialogue with our correspondent, he opines “The university should have come up with these notifications earlier. However, this should not be a cause to panic as most of the aspirants do cover these newly introduced topics in the course of their preparations.”

This news comes in the light of the fact that the University has brought down the number of seats to 1,440 against 2,310 last year after concerns raised by the Bar Council Of India.


With inputs from The Indian Express.

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Nikhil Kumar

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On May 31st, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Centre, the University of Delhi (DU), and the Bar Council of India (BCI), seeking direction not to reduce the LLB seats in the University. The current intake of students is 2,310. Thus, the Delhi High Court asked the BCI to consider DU’s representation for increasing the seats in its LLB course and to take a decision by the evening of June 6th.

DU had sought permission to increase its seats for the law course, claiming it had improved its infrastructure and increased the strength of its teaching faculty. The Bench observed that the BCI had not capped the seats due to the lack of infrastructure, and therefore its improvement wouldn’t entitle DU to seek an increase in seats offered for the course. It, however, allowed DU to advertise for only 1,440 seats for its law course, like last year and said it would be subjected to the outcome of a plea seeking an increase of seats to 2,310. The order came during a hearing of a petition by lawyer Joginder Kumar Sukhija, who claimed that many students, especially graduates, would be affected if the seats were reduced. The petition added that by reducing the number of seats, the public money, which is used to provide a grant to DU, was not being put to optimal use.

Last year, the DU students protested after reports surfaced on the suggestion by the BCI to trim down the number of seats for admission to the 2016-17 batches for LLB seats at the three law centers. Since 2014, the Law Faculty has been in trouble with the BCI for not following the council’s rules regarding infrastructure support and student intake.

The PIL sought a direction to strike down the clause 5 A of Schedule-III of Rules of Legal Education 2008 enacted by the BCI, claiming it was capricious and in blatant violation of fundamental rights. Under Rule 5 A, a law college can admit only 300 students each year. As the varsity has three law centers, it can have a total of 900 seats only. But, as an exception, BCI has allowed the varsity to admit additional 180 seats per center for reserved categories, the lawyers’ body told the court. Hence, the law aspirants are hoping for an increase in the number of seats in DU. After all, 2000 students should be accommodated if adequate infrastructure is made available to those aspiring to enroll in the varsity.


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Radhika Boruah

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We are grateful to the authorities for listening to our pleas, but we shall not hesitate to go on strike again, if our demands are not met and discussed with proper attention” – Brajesh Singh, one of the student representatives during the strike in September.

Amit Tanwar and Priyanka Chawri joined forces with the students.
Amit Tanwar and Priyanka Chawri joined forces with the students.

On the 13th of October, Thursday, the students of Law Faculty went on Hunger strike again after the faculty refused to accede to their previous demands.


On the 14th of September, the students of Law Faculty sat on a hunger strike after mass failures where almost half the students had failed. Their demands were:

  1. Relaxation in promotion.
  2. Restoration of supplementary exams in the first and second year.
  3. Free revaluation for this semester and for introducing a full fledged revaluation scheme.
  4. Modification of the currently existing Improvement System with Best of Two.

In the end the Dean, Ved Kumari came forward and signed a written agreement stating that the faculty will fulfill their demands as soon as possible.


After almost a month of being promised justice, the students were yet again, forced to sit on strike. Out of the four, the faculty was willing to recognise  only the first demand, that is, the rest were denied. According to one of the students, “Even after assuring us, they have moved back on their word. Relaxation of Promotion was our priority but it was not our only demand, as is being said. When classes do not take place regularly, syllabus is hardly completed and mass failure is happening, revaluation becomes imperative.

Outside the Dean's Office
Outside the Dean’s Office

Allegedly, the statutory committee which was supposed to draft the proposal to be sent to the UGC, discussed only on the issue of promotion. Afterwards, the faculty denied the rest of their demands stating them to be impossible. On the other hand, the Dean, Ved Kumari stated that when the faculty was willing to give them the rest of their demands, they did not agree. The issue remained locked on both sides. SHO of Delhi Police, Aarti Sharma was also present on the scene.

Amit Tanwar, President of DUSU and Priyanka Chawri, Vice President, sat down with the students in support of their cause. Even an hour long discussion among the Dean, Tanwar, Chawri and the grieved students yielded no results. “The issue of mass failures has been here since a long time and it is time that somebody takes the first step to resolve it.Mithilesh Jaisal.

According to DUSU PresidentAmit Tanwar, “ Many of the students here are also working and a year back or bad results can jeopardise  their careers. The students of Law Faculty have the full support of DUSU and we will see to it that this issue is resolved as soon as possible.

For more information, read our previous report: Mass failures In Law Faculty – Students Protest In Agitation

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Arindam Goswami

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The students of the Law Faculty, Delhi University sat on a hunger strike from 2 pm, 14th of September. The strike was against the mass failures of students that had occurred for the second year in a row. Alleging some problems with the results, they went on an indefinite hunger strike, urging the authorities to look into their grievances.


Students at Law Fac protests


Following the declaration of the results, the students began discussions with the teachers and faculty as to how the matter can be addressed and proper steps for re-evaluation of the papers. Almost half of the students had flunked and scored much less than they expected. After coming to a dead end the students decided to sit on an indefinite hunger strike from 2pm on the 14th of September in front of the office of the Dean, Faculty of Law, Campus Law Center building. Brajesh Singh, Mithilesh Jaisal, Nishant and Mohit Gupta were the student representatives leading the strike.


Mass Failures at Law Fac


They alleged that some students were even marked after they had appeared for the exams after a thorough revision of the scores was carried out. The Faculty of Law has three centres –  Law Center I (LC I), Law Center II (LC II) and Campus Law Center (CLC). CLC admits the highest scorers of the entrance exam. According to one report, almost 882 out of 1, 944 students have failed in at least one subject. Students who had scored first division last year have also scored less this time. Around 350 students face year back due to failure in one or more papers.


Protests at LAw Fac


On the fourth day of the strike, Saturday, the Dean, Ved Kumari, being unable to appeal to the students to call off the strike, sat down in protest against them herself. She was recovering from Chikungunya and her health was very weak. Two other teachers, Kamla Shankaran and Kiran Gupta joined the Dean in an attempt to have a dialogue with the students. Since the Dean could not make any promises herself, the students demanded that the Vice Chancellor or his representative come down and negotiate with them. They refused to call off the strike till any such action was taken.



The students demanded instant redressal of their demands. Their primary demands according to their written intimation were:

  1. Relaxation in promotion
  2. Restoration of supplementary exams in the first year and second year (third years already have it)
  3. Free revaluation for this semester and for introducing a full fledged revaluation scheme.
  4. Modification of the currently existing improvement system with best of two.

These demands were addressed to the Vice Chancellor, Proctor, Dean, Faculty of Law, Dean, Students welfare, University of Delhi in addition to the S.H.O. Maurice Nagar police Station.


Effigy burning at LAw Fac protests


After almost 70 hours of strike and  no response from the authorities, the student took the strike a step further and on the 17th of September proceeded to burn the effigy of Professor S.C. Raina, whom they claimed responsible for the mass failures. They marched from the office of the Dean, Faculty of Law till the office of the Vice Chancellor.

Seeing as the students were not willing to give on the strike, an attempt was made to pacify them with verbal assurances and promises. The Joint registrar (Legal Branch) came and verbally assured them that their demands will be looked into and that they should call off the strike. DCP of North, Madhur Verma came as a representative of the Vice Chancellor and tried to call off the strike. When all attempts failed to sway the students, the Dean, Ved Kumari came the next morning signed a written agreement stating that the authorities will complete their demands as soon as possible. The first demand, ‘Relaxation of Promotion’ will be dealt with first and on a priority basis. The rest will have to be passed through the Academic council and the UGC council for approval. Seeing the authorities give in to their demands, the students called off the strike between 9 and 10 am, on Monday, the 19th.

According to Brajesh Singh, “ We are grateful to the authorities for listening to our pleas, but we shall not hesitate to go on strike again, if our demands are not met and discussed with proper attention.


With inputs from The Quint and The Times of India


Arindam Goswami

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A tempestuous history The Law Faculty, Delhi University, has faced a lot of flak from the BCI, the authority that controls Legal Education in India, in recent years for the lack of proper infrastructure in its three centres and for flouting several of its guidelines. In 2014, in an unprecedented move, the BCI had derecognised DU’s LLB programme after the University had failed to seek fresh affiliation for its centres. According to news reports, it would have had an impact on all Law Faculty graduates post 2011 because that’s when the institution flouted BCI guidelines by increasing the number of seats without the basic infrastructure for it. Provisional affiliation was granted for the session of 2014-15. The Law Faculty currently does not have an affiliation with the BCI. After the declaration of results of the LLB entrance exam this year in July, the University had issued a circular about the delay in the admissions process and the postponement of the session due to “unavoidable circumstances”, which were that the Faculty was still awaiting BCI’s approval before starting the admissions process for the new session. The BCI recommendations arrived in the early days of August and the Law Faculty wasn’t in the clear despite plans to shift to a new, better-built campus. The BCI report approves intake of just 1440 students as opposed to the Law Faculty’s intake of nearly 2200 students in previous years. This scrapping of almost 800 students understandably did not go down well with law aspirants who were confident of making it to the prestigious institution based on its previous intake numbers. The move has left them reeling because admissions were invited at 2200 seats and the decisions to reduce their number came weeks after the declaration of the entrance results and the original date on which counseling was supposed to start.

In conversation with protesters and aspirants

On August 14, 2016, one day into the hunger strike, we spoke to some of the students who were on a hunger strike to give us their account of the situation. Seated on mattresses with table-top fans in the corridor, several accounts of the effect of the last minute cut-down of seats emerged. Binny Chopra, a law aspirant and one of the thirteen students on the hunger strike, resigned from his job at an accounts firm after the declaration of the results of the entrance exam. He also told us about several friends who didn’t pursue admissions in other law colleges despite clearing their entrances because they were counting on the Law Faculty and had made the cut according to the original number of seats offered. They are left with nowhere to go to with the other universities having closed admissions now. Satendar Awana, president of Delhi University’s students’ union, is a law aspirant himself. When asked about the BCI’s point of the lack of infrastructure to support the number of students at the law faculty, he said, “We were expecting a higher number of seats this time with the building of the new campus which has better facilities which are at par with those of private institutions.” There is a consensus amongst the protesting students about the unfairness of the situation where the original number of seats announced in the prospectus and before the entrance exam was 2200 and this number was cut down without any prior information after months of delay in the admissions. Awana informed us that the authorities, including the Dean of the Faculty of Law, were assuring the students of admissions at the original number of seats days before the notification of the cut-down dropped. The students are disappointed by the lack of resolve shown by the authorities.

Recent Developments

According to our sources, on the eve of Independence Day, the protesters were visited by the Maurice Nagar SHO and the Proctor of Delhi University. They told the students that their demands were being worked on and would be taken care of in the next few days. They also requested them to adjourn their strike, to which the students agreed, hopeful about the concern being shown by the authorities. Awana later received a call from the Dean of the Faculty of Law assuring him that the authorities had written a letter to the BCI, asking them for a stay on this case which would allow them to admit students according to the original number of seats. When the student protestors asked to be shown the letter, it turned out to be something that the authorities had written to the BCI in the past. No fresh communication had taken place from the Dean to the BCI post the recent recommendations by the body. The students, who felt that they had been tricked by this move, are now back to protesting and will continue till the final decision in the case between the BCI and the Law Faculty. When asked about the assurances of the Proctor and the SHO, Abhinav Arora, a Law Faculty aspirant said, “I have no expectations from any of their assurances. I have no expectations of any progress to be made before the final hearing in the court which is scheduled for August 22, 2016. I called the Dean when I was on a hunger strike and he assured me that he’d come and show us the letter that he’d sent to the BCI. After what has happened today, I feel cheated and betrayed.” The final decision in this limbo being played by the BCI and the Law Faculty is being awaited by the students in the hope that they weren’t unfairly denied a chance to study at the institution of their choice because of carelessness of the authorities. In a phone conversation with DU Beat, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, SC Raina, denied claims that the aspirants had been tricked and showed an old letter. He said, “There were two documents. One was a letter dated July 23. The other, which was shown to Awana, was an application that was dated August 16.” When the student protesters were informed about this, they denied being shown the letter written on August 16 and said that it’s possible that it was written by the authorities under pressure after interacting with them. With inputs from Abhinav Arora, The Indian Express, The Times of India and Hindustan Times Image credits: tilakmarg.com Shubham Kaushik [email protected]]]>