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Kerala HC quashes ordinance

 Thiruvananthapuram, 14 November : There is a famous proverb in Kerala which if translated becomes “One who was hit by the thunder was bitten by the snake”. The meaning is that the person who was hit by the thunderbolt would not be able to survive a snakebite. The CPI(M) is facing such a predicament now. A day after the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala Government sent the copy of an ordinance to Raj Bhavan which unseats the Governor from the post of Chancellor in all the Universities in the State, the Kerala High Court struck the Government on Monday.

A Division Bench consisting of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji Chali declared as null and void the appointment of Riji K John as the vice chancellor of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (KUFOS) and also directed the Chancellor to constitute a search-cum-selection committee to nominate a panel of names to be considered for appointing as vice-chancellor.

 

 The justices said that the appointment of Riji John was in violations of the guidelines and regulations of the University Grants Commission with regard to the selection process of vice-chancellors. Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister, and R Bindu, the wife of polit bureau member A Vijayaraghavan have gone into a huddle once the High Court pronounced its verdict in a petition filed by K Vijayan, a Kochi resident.

Bindu had sent an ultimatum to the Governor on Saturday asking him to sign the ordinance. Governor Arif Mohammed Khan had made it clear that he would not sign the ordinance as it was like he himself sitting on judgement on a cause concerning him, which was against legal ethics. But for the Marxists, the word ethics itself is alien.

The court held that the selection of John as the Vice-Chancellor of KUFOS “overlooking the UGC Regulations, 2018, cannot be sustained under law”.

 

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