Interim relief for Kerala vice-chancellors told to resign

In an interim order on Monday 24 November, the Kerala High Court allowed the vice-chancellors of nine universities in the state to continue in office until the governor, as the chancellor, takes a final decision on the issue, writes Shaju Philip for The Indian Express.

On Sunday, Governor of Kerala Arif Mohammed Khan had asked the vice-chancellors to resign by Monday morning, saying they were “either appointed from single-name panels or recommended by the search or selection committee with non-academician as member”. On Monday, he served notices to all the nine vice-chancellors to show cause for their legal right to remain in office. The vice-chancellors were asked to respond by 3 November.

Meanwhile, the vice-chancellors approached the high court, which held a special sitting on Monday evening. The petitioners argued that there was denial of natural justice as they were not heard before being asked to resign. Granting interim relief, the court noted that as the governor had served notice to all the vice-chancellors, the relevance of his earlier letter seeking their resignations was lost.
Full report on The Indian Express site