Bill to replace Governor as chancellor: Khan seeks legal advice

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Governor Arif Mohammed Khan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan sought legal advice from High Court standing counsel over the validity of the University Law (Amendment) Bill passed by the state assembly. Earlier, the governor stated that the Kerala government does not have "sole jurisdiction" over universities and remarked that the bill needed approval from the union government.

To prove this, the Kerala governor on Tuesday approached standing counsel Gopakumaran Nair regarding the legal validity of the bill. Khan will likely decide whether to send the bill for President's consent or not.

On December 13, the Assembly passed the Bills to replace the governor as Chancellor of universities and to appoint eminent academicians for the post.

The Bills for removing the Governor as Chancellor came in the backdrop of the continuing tussle between Khan and the LDF government over various issues, including appointment of Vice-Chancellors of universities.

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