Kerala approaches SC on KTU VC in-charge appointment

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New Delhi: The Kerala government on Thursday filed a fresh petition in the Supreme Court to defer its decision on the APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University VC-in-charge appointment.

The move comes as a precautionary step. If the Kerala Governor with chancellor's power appeals against the recent high court order in the VC in-charge appointment, then the Supreme Court may issue an interim order. The state wants to be heard before that.

The HC had made it clear that the government has the right to initiate the VC appointment procedure. The chancellor cannot override this and make appointments on his own. Since the appointment was just a stop-gap arrangement, the government has the right to replace the appointee, it noted.

However, the court observed that the chancellor did not undermine the authority of the government by appointing the current VC in-charge Prof Ciza Thomas.

Meanwhile, the chancellor received legal advice that he has legal grounds to appeal against the HC's decision. Governor has not yet filed the appeal either.

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