KOCHI: Prasanna Kumari, a 47-year-old visually impaired lawyer, has filed a petition before the Kerala High Court seeking to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Vice-chancellor and Registrar of the Kannur University for not complying with a court order. The court had directed the Kannur University to treat Prasanna Kumari as one who is eligible for the post of lecturer in Law. The court had also invalidated an appointment made by her to the post. The court adjourned the case for further hearing.
Chottatnikkara-native Prasanna Kumari was an applicant to the post of lecturer in Law, under the reservation quota for physically handicapped as per a notification issued by the university on November, 29, 2008. The age limit for the post was 40 as on January 2008. Though Prasanna Kumari attended an interview on October 5, 2010, the interview board raised an issue over her age, stating that she had exceeded the prescribed age limit. She clarified that she was entitled for the benefit of age relaxation contemplated for physically handicapped candidates.
The university had informed that Prasanna Kumari was disqualified as she had crossed 40 as on January 2008. It also submitted that Kavitha Balakrishnan of Kozhikode was appointed to the post in December 2011.
However, the court held that the university’s decision not to consider the petitioner for the post, which was reserved for physically handicapped, is illegal. The Division Bench of the High Court also upheld the order.