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Kerala High Court offers interim relief to Vice-Chancellors

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Courtroom restrains Governor Arif Mohammed Khan from passing any order on show-cause notices issued to VCs of eight universities until it decides on their writ petitions difficult the discover

Courtroom restrains Governor Arif Mohammed Khan from passing any order on show-cause notices issued to VCs of eight universities until it decides on their writ petitions difficult the discover

The Kerala Excessive Courtroom on Tuesday restrained Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, in his capability as Chancellor of universities, from passing ultimate orders on the present trigger notices he issued to Vice-Chancellors of eight varsities, till the court docket takes a name on the writ petitions filed by the latter looking for to quash the notices.

Mr. Khan had issued the notices to the Vice-Chancellors citing violation of College Grants Fee (UGC) norms of their appointment.

Justice Devan Ramachandran handed the interim order when the petitions by the VCs got here up for listening to.

The show-cause discover requested the Vice-Chancellors why their appointments shouldn’t be declared void ab initio in view of a latest Supreme Courtroom judgment. Whereas annulling the appointment of Rajashree M.S. because the Vice-Chancellor, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological College, the Supreme Courtroom had held that the appointment was made on the suggestions of a search committee that had not been constituted as per the UGC rules.

When the petitions got here up for listening to, Jaju Babu, senior counsel for the Chancellor, submitted that the Vice-Chancellors had already given their rationalization to the Chancellor in response to the notices. He additionally sought three days to file an affidavit within the case. Counsel additionally submitted that the Chancellor was not in a position to file the affidavit as he was out of city and had returned not too long ago.

When the petitions got here up final week, the court docket had prolonged until November 7 the time granted to the Vice-Chancellors of the eight universities to answer to the present trigger. The Chancellor had fastened November 3 and 4 as deadline for replying to the notices.

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The petitioners contended that they had been issued show-cause notices as that they had not responded to a letter written by the Chancellor asking them to resign. Because the Excessive Courtroom had already quashed the communication, the Chancellor mustn’t have relied on it and issued show-cause notices. In addition to, the Chancellor, being a statutory officer, was not legally competent to take a choice on whether or not the appointment of the Vice-Chancellors was void or not. The show-cause discover had been issued due to the misunderstanding of the legislation laid down by the Supreme Courtroom, the petitioners mentioned.


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