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Law cradle plea for funds

National University for Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) on Monday filed a petition before Jharkhand High Court seeking Rs 150 crore for the second-phase construction of its Nagri campus.

In response, the two-member bench of Justices N.N. Tiwari and S. Chandrashekhar ordered the state to consider requisition of funds and expedite the process for its release. State funding is required to set up the academic, administrative and library buildings.

Varsity authorities had in an affidavit informed the high court that the Rs 50 crore released in the first phase by the erstwhile state government had been utilised to build the boundary wall, classrooms and two hostels capable of lodging 300 boarders each.

In the second phase, the varsity intends to build four moot courts, seminar halls, chambers for faculty members and more classrooms. The law cradle is eyeing December 2013 to start the work, provided funds are released, the affidavit added.

The petition is also a part of the PIL filed by Bar Association of Jharkhand High Court for establishment of a premiere law school in the capital.

The court, supervising the construction of the campus, had earlier directed the state to aid the project.

However, the mega project ran into troubled waters when land was acquired in Nagri. The villagers of the hamlet, 15km from Ranchi city limits, were up in arms against what they claimed was construction on fertile agriculture land.

The court has also passed an order to the administration to provide security to workers on the site.


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