Kerala files review petition against SC order cancelling appointment of KTU VC

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Dr Rajasree -Supreme Court of India | Photos: Mathrubhumi , ANI

New Delhi: Kerala government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the order which revoked the vice chancellor’s appointment at APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University. The state government has submitted the review petition based on the legal advice given by former attorney general KK Venugopal. Former VC Dr Rajasree MS had also filed a review petition against the apex court's order.

In the order which annulled the appointment of vice-chancellor, the Supreme Court had observed that the appointment was contrary to the rules of the University Grants Commission. However, the review petition noted that the UGC rules 2010 are regarded as recommendations in nature and the government or university is not liable to implement these directives.

A Supreme Court bench comprising justices SJ Mukhopadhyay, and NV Ramana had ordered in 2015 that if the central government has not approved the UGC rules, then the state’s laws have to be implemented. Hence, the review petition pointed out that the appointment of Dr Rajasree was carried out according to this ruling. The three-member bench which cancelled the appointment has not amended or revoked this earlier judgement, noted the review petition.

The Supreme Court had considered the vice chancellor appointments at Sardar Patel University in Gujarat and Kolkata University for annulling the VC appointment in the Technological University in Kerala. Although, Kerala noted that unlike the appointment of Dr Rajasree, the VC at the university in Gujarat had no required eligibility for the post.

The state government had directed to make laws for setting up a search committee as per the amended UGC rules in 2013. Hence, the search committee for appointing the VC for KTU was formed based on the law passed by the assembly in 2015, reads the review petition.

The review petitions filed by the state government and Dr Rajasree will be considered by a bench consisting of justice MR Shah and justice CT Ravi Kumar.

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