The Karnataka High Court has ordered the University Grants
Commission (UGC) to submit details of a nomination made to the academic senate
of the Visvesvaraya Technical University (VTU).
Hearing a petition by Jagadish Reddy, who was removed as
nominee and replaced with Dr Dhananjaya Reddy, Justice A S Bopanna extended the
stay granted earlier by the court over the appointment of Dhananjaya.
Jagadish Reddy challenged Dhananjaya’s nomination. He argued
that the UGC replaced him on a recommendation by the VTU Vice Chancellor, H
Maheshappa, which was “illegal and arbitrary”. He also contended that
Dhananjaya’s appointment was “illegal” since the UGC hadn’t terminated his
(Jagadish Reddy’s) tenure as nominee. The UGC cannot make such an appointment
without cutting his tenure short, Jagadish Reddy maintained.
Justice Bopanna directed the Assistant Solicitor General,
Krishna Dixit, who appeared on behalf of the UGC, to submit details of the
nomination, and adjourned the matter until further hearing, reported Deccan