Priya Varghese's appointment: Kerala HC denies making 'digging holes' remark on NSS activities

Priya Varghese | Photo: Facebook

Kochi: The Kerala High Court here on Thursday will pronounce its verdict on a petition challenging the appointment of Priya Varghese, wife of the Chief Minister's private secretary KK Ragesh, as the associate professor at Kannur University.

While considering the petition, Justice Devan Ramachandran denied media reports claiming that he made remarks that denigrate NSS activities.

"I don't remember making any derogatory remarks or using the word 'digging holes'. I was once a part of NSS. I have examined the court records to clarify whether such a remark was made," he said.

Minutes after the court denied making such a remark, Priya Varghese took to her Facebook page and penned a note claiming that she has "total respect" for the judiciary and only shared thoughts on the basis of "media reports."

On Wednesday, High Court opined that the deputation of Priya Varghese as student director of the National Service Scheme cannot be considered a teaching experience. Priya had claimed that the said period would amount to teaching experience in her application for the post.

On the same day, Priya Varghese shared a Facebook post hailing her association with the National Service Scheme (NSS). Priya also shared a picture of the NSS along with the post. She also mentioned the court's alleged "digging holes" remark in the post, which was deleted later.

Earlier, Joseph Zachariah, who obtained the second rank in the interview conducted by Kannur University, approached the court requesting to scrap the selection of Priya Varghese and revise the rank list. He alleged that Priya Varghese had no teaching experience of 8 years, which is mandatory to apply for the post. Later, the High Court froze the selection of Priya Varghese.

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