21 March Tuesday

Setback For Cong. Senate Member: SC Dismisses Plea On Behalf Of Chancellor

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Saturday Jan 21, 2023

New Delhi : The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea  seeking to revert the  Stay on High Court  Order  that asked to induct a Senate nominee within a month, into the Search Committee for appointment of Kerala University Vice Chancellor. The plea, a Special Leave petition(SPL),  came from Congress Senate member Jayaraman.

The Kerala High Court judge Devan Ramachandran had ruled  for admitting a Senate member into the Search Committee within a month.  That order was Stayed by the Division Bench headed by the Chief Justice following which, Jayaraman, approached Supreme Court  hoping to overturn the Stay.

The petition against Justice Devan  Ramachandran’s ruling is currently pending with the Division Bench of the High Court. The apex Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India ruled that SLP cannot be allowed at this point as the High Court is set to hear the case on 23rd  of this month.

 The contentious order
Justice Devan Ramachandran ruled that when a Senate representative is nominated, the Chancellor who is also the Governor, must form a Search Committee and publish fresh notification. In his ruling, the Justice also said that in case where a representative is not nominated, the Chancellor can take action in the matter as per the UGC rules and the Kerala University Act.