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Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair, however, allowed the university to accept nominations till the last date notified subject to further orders in a writ petition filed by the Kerala Private College Teachers Association. The court issued the stay order in view of the proposed Kerala Unified Universities Bill under which the Senate would be replaced by a general council.
According to the petitioner, the university was taking hasty steps to conduct the elections. If the Bill was enacted, the general council would have to be constituted in place of the Senate. Therefore, there was no need to conduct an election to the Senate now.
In fact, though the notification issued by the university on October 3, 2003 proposed to hold elections to the nine constituencies, big constituencies like the Registered Graduates constituency had been left out. The constituency consisted of around 15,00 voters.
Writ petition filed
A writ petition was filed before the Kerala High Court today seeking to remove the Mahatma Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor, Cyriac Thomas, from the post.
The petition was filed by V. Sasidharan and three other Syndicate members.
In their petition, they alleged that the VC was functioning beyond his authority and against the provisions of the Mahatma Gandhi University and Rules. The Government had stopped grant to the university due to his illegal act.
He had caused the university a great financial liability by creating new various posts in the university.
As per the provisions of the Act, prior approval of the Government and the syndicate was required for creating new posts. The VC was bound to ensure that the provisions of the Act and statutes are strictly followed, the petitioners said.
CU union election stayed
The Kerala High Court today restrained the Calicut University from conducting elections to the University Union till a decision was taken on the issue of extending representation to the students of self-financing colleges in university bodies. Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair issued the direction while disposing of a writ petition field by V. Sharafuddin, State committee member of the Muslim Students Federation (MSF) and a student of the MEA Engineering College, Perinthalmanna and another student. According to them, the action of the university in not giving adequate representation to the students of self-financing colleges in university bodies like students council, Senate, etc., was discriminatory and violative of Article 14 (equality before law).
The Judge also dismissed a writ petition filed by four persons from Palakkad seeking a direction to the CBI not to harass them in connection with the Munna murder case investigation.
When a petition came up before the judge in this regard, the CBI pointed out that the petition had been filed at the instance of the prime accused in the case.
The objective of the petitioner was to discredit and demoralise the CBI. Besides, one of the petitioners, T.P. Gopalakrishnan, had been arrayed as 17th accused in the case, the CBI submitted.
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