Kerala HC gives more time for vice-chancellors to reply to show cause notices

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The court asked if the chancellor should turn a blind eye if he finds irregularities in the appointment of VCs.

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday extended the date for university vice-chancellors to send their replies to the chancellor’s show cause notice. While considering the petition filed by the VCs against the notice, the court extended the date till November 7. The chancellor had given time until November 5 for the VCs to send their replies.

The high court will consider the petition again on Tuesday. Vice-chancellors of Kerala university and fisheries university have already sent their replies to the notice.

Governor Arif Mohammed Khan had sent the show cause notice to 11 vice-chancellors based on the Supreme Court verdict cancelling the appointment of APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University VC. The top court cancelled the appointment of Dr Rajasree MS saying it did not follow the UGC regulations.

After receiving the show cause notice, seven VCs approached the high court saying the governor, as the chancellor of the universities, had no authority to expel them.

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The high court has directed that VCs who wish to give the reply in person should be given appropriate time. The court asked the VCs to inform the chancellor of the objections that were raised during the hearing. It has also asked the chancellor to file an affidavit on the petition filed by the VCs. Further proceedings in the matter will be based on this.

While considering the petition, the court asked if the chancellor should turn a blind eye if he finds irregularities in the appointments. The VCs told the court that if the chancellor finds irregularities, he should move as per the university act.

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