High Court, Governor Arif Mohammad Khan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kochi: On Friday, the Kerala High Court overturned the decision made by Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, who also serves as the chancellor of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU), to suspend the resolutions of the university syndicate and the board of governors. The single bench of Justice Sathish Ninan quashed the governor's order in the plea filed by IB Sathish, MLA, a syndicate member.
In February, Khan suspended the syndicate resolutions that had appointed a sub-committee to manage the daily governance of KTU, which was criticised as a move to oversee vice-chancellor in-charge Prof Ciza Thomas. He also suspended the appointment of a committee to review the transfer of university employees by the VC in-charge. Prof Ciza's appointment had disregarded the recommendations made by the Kerala government, and the syndicate was controlled by pro-government members.
The syndicate members subsequently filed a petition in the high court against the chancellor's decision to suspend its resolution. They argued that the action was taken on the basis of a letter provided by the temporary VC and that their side was not heard, which was a violation of natural justice.
With agency inputs