Arif Mohammed Khan, Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has sent back the ordinance seeking his removal as the chancellor of universities in the state. Khan has not signed it and returned it to the government. The development comes at a time when a few days are left for the special Assembly Session scheduled for December 5. Nevertheless, the tussle between the regime and Khan is at its peak as the state has been witnessing back-to-back judicial interventions in vice-chancellor appointments over the latter’s pursuits.
Meanwhile, Khan’s move cannot be deemed surprising as the government planned to bring a bill for the same purpose. Likewise, legal experts had pointed out that Khan is unlikely to sign the ordinance that curtails his power as chancellor.
It seems Khan is unwilling to give assent to the matter, even if it is a bill or ordinance. Khan on the other day asserted that the appointment of the governor as chancellor was not a favour of the state government, but a national consensus. Snatching the chancellor's power from the governor is beyond the power of state government, added the governor.