Written By – Arshita Anand
P Wilson, a senior advocate and Member of Parliament, wrote to the Vice-Chancellors of National Law Universities (NLUs) across the country on Tuesday, requesting that they adopt exact State-specific restrictions for their courses.
The letter, dated December 25, 2021, requested that all NLUs fulfill the constitutional duty of reservation, and the representation was a reminder of that request. Apart from Lucknow’s Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU) and Kochi’s National University for Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), no other university responded or took action in response to the previous letter.
“I am deeply saddened to note that barring two National Law Schools- RMLNLU, Lucknow and NUALS, Kochi who responded positively claiming that they are implementing exact state reservations in All India Seats and State/Local Domicile Seats in National Law Schools/University in the courses offered by them, other NLUs have neither responded nor have taken any steps to implement the Constitutional reservations/State reservations for SC/ST/OBCs,” Wilson’s letter stated.
The Senior Counsel cited a Supreme Court decision that upheld a 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in State-contributed seats to All-India Quota seats.
“I am citing this judgment only to point out that the Hon’ble Supreme Court had upheld social justice and social inclusion in medical and dental education,” he explained.
It was emphasised that law schools needed representation now more than ever, and that failing to offer specific reservations was a violation of the Constitution’s Articles 15 and 46.
“The failure to implement exact quantum of state SC/ST/OBC’s reservation in All India Seats and State/Local Domicile Seats in NLUs will inevitably result in legal consequences,” he cautioned.
In this context, the MP urged NLUs to focus on the serious issue and take the necessary steps to ensure that reservation is strictly enforced.