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High Court dismisses DU petition

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NEW DELHI, JAN. 12. The Delhi High Court has dismissed the writ appeal filed by Delhi University against an earlier judgement quashing the appointment of Rajeev Bhargava as Head of the Political Science Department. In a judgement given by the divisional bench of Justice B.A.Khan and Justice Mukul Mudgal, the Court dismissed the petition saying it found no merit in it.

The appeal was made against a judgement given on a petition filed by Prof.Chakrabarty challenging the University's decision to bypass his seniority and appoint Rajeev Bhargava as the department head. The High Court had held in its judgement of December 4 that there was no question of assigning seniority to Prof. Bhargava till he becomes a permanent employee of the University. It had further directed the University to consider the candidature of Prof.Chakrabarty. Delhi University had argued in Court that since Prof. Bhargava had been appointed through an open selection and had chosen to be on deputation he was a regular. But the Court while giving its judgement observed that a person cannot hold two regular posts at the same time, and since Prof.Bharagava was still with the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), he cannot be considered permanent at Delhi University.

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