Chancellor’s pleasure not personal call, must provide reason for withdrawal: Kerala HC

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Kochi: Kerala High Court on Tuesday opined that the ‘pleasure doctrine’ of university chancellor is not a personal decision to make. It also commented that the pleasure can be withdrawn only if there is a violation of law.

It was considering the case filed by the 15 ousted members of the senate of Kerala University. Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, who is the chancellor of the university, in October had removed 15 members of the senate. In the letter to the vice-chancellor, he said he is withdrawing pleasure from allowing them to continue as members in the Senate. He did not give any further explanation.

Court observed that a proper explanation of the wrongdoing of the member has to be described.

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Khan took the action after his repeated directions to hold a senate meeting and provide a nominee of the senate for the VC search committee went unheeded. The ousted members had stayed away from the last meeting of senate to allegedly make sure that quorum was not met to take a call. The government did not like that Khan constituted the search committee while the state was mulling changes to the committee.

VC declined to remove them citing legal issues. Following this, the governor himself had issued the removal order.

Khan had also written to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan stating that finance minister KN Balagopal has also ceased to enjoy his pleasure to continue in the office. However, Pinarayi refused to take any action.

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