Con­tempt pe­ti­tion against VCs’ con­tin­u­ance

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Arun Ku­mar ht­plet­ters@hin­dus­tan­

PATNA: Barely a week af­ter the Patna high court quashed the ap­point­ment of six vice chan­cel­lors (VCs) and four pro-VCs while reaf­firm­ing the pri­macy of the chan­cel­lor in ap­point­ment mat­ters, has a con­tempt pe­ti­tion been filed in the Patna high court — this time ques­tion­ing the con- tin­u­ance of the same set of VCs.

The chan­cel­lor had on De­cem­ber 10 last is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion ask­ing the VCs to con­tinue in the in­terim pe­riod, till such time as fresh ar­range­ments are made un­der sec­tion 13 of the Bi­har state univer­si­ties act, 1976. Ram Tavakya Singh, who was the pe­ti­tioner in the ear­lier case also, moved the con­tempt pe­ti­tion on Mon­day on the pre­text that sec­tion 13 was not ap­pli­ca­ble here.

“Sec­tion 13 comes into play only when there is a va­cancy. Here, there is no is­sue of any va­cancy be­ing in­volved as the VCs were asked to con­tinue. So, there was no tem­po­rary ar­range­ment; rather the old ar­range­ment was main­tained,” said Singh, while talk­ing to HT.

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