Minister can’t review my actions, says Arif Khan; Rajeev replies he meant chancellor, not governor


Arif Mohammad Khan, P Rajeev | Photos: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Governor Arif Mohammad Khan slammed law minister P Rajeev on Saturday in a public function over the latter's comment that the government will review the Khan's action against Kerala University senate members.

"He is going to review my action? Governor's action? I am here to review his action. Just court can review my action," said Khan.

Reacting to this, minister Rajeev said the governor may have misunderstood what he said due to a poor translation. "I said the government will review the action of the chancellor of the university. Not the governor," Rajeev said. Governor is the chancellor of most of the state universities.

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Arif Mohammad Khan had sacked 15 members from the senate of Kerala University after they refrained from participating in a meeting convened at the direction of governor to choose the university nominee to the search committee. Khan formed the committee to find the next vice-chancellor of the university without waiting for the institution to decide on their representative. This had irked the university which demanded Khan to withdraw the notification. However, the governor gave the university multiple warnings. Many stayed away from the last senate meeting forced by the governor. The quorum of the meeting was not met and it ended inconclusive. An angry Khan then ordered the VC to remove 15 members from the senate. While the university maintained that the list includes some ex-officio members and the governor does not have the power to oust them, Khan himself issued the order.

The sacked members approached the high court against it. Court asked the governor not to make new appointments to the senate. It also said the court can review the actions of the governor.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan too had said that the governor cannot remove ex-officio members. Following this, law minister P Rajeev said the government may if Khan's has violated the procedures.

Khan on Saturday also continued his political attack on the government by reiterating the criticism on appointment of personal staff of state ministers.

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