Kerala Governor advised to send Bill on chancellor appointment to President of India

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Arif Mohammed Khan | Photo: Mathrubhumi/B Muralikrishnan

Kochi: Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan has reportedly received legal advice from his counsel in the high court to send the Bill on appointing chancellors to Kerala universities, to the President of India for assent.

Khan had earlier said that he cannot be the judge of a Bill that concerns his position. He had hinted that he would send it to the president. On Friday morning, he said that he had not decided on the Bill yet.

If passed, the Bill would remove the governor from the chancellorship of 14 state universities in Kerala. The new chancellor will be an expert in education or other fields recommended by a panel consisting of the chief minister, leader of opposition and Assembly speaker.

The relationship between governor and government that was worsened following the tussle over the control of higher education institutions had shown signs of recovery in the oath taking ceremony of minister Saji Cheriyan. However, the governor is yet to sign multiple Bills passed by the Assembly, including the Lok Ayukta amendment.

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