High Court nullifies appointment of Vice-Chancellors to state universities

The Hyderabad High Court on revoked the suspension of 11 Telangana judicial officers.

Published: 29th July 2016 04:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2016 05:06 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD:  In a major setback to the Telangana government, the Hyderabad High Court on Thursday nullified the appointment of Vice-Chancellors to various universities by the state government, just days after the government issued GO, making the appointments.  The bench made it clear that the state shall adhere to the UGC regulations 2010 for making VC appointments. It declared as illegal the T state action in making appointments of chancellors and vice chancellors with reduced eligibility. A division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Thursday struck down the GOs issued by the state, amending the AP Universities Act, 1991, and Acts of other universities, existing in the state.

The Hyderabad High Court on Thursday revoked the suspension of 11 Telangana judicial officers. The Registrar (vigilance) of the High Court issued orders in this regard.

On June 26, the subordinate judges in Telangana took out a rally to Raj Bhavan expressing solidarity with the agitation launched by Telangana advocates and judicial employees against the provisional allocation of subordinate judicial officers between TS and AP states.

About 120 judges even handed over their resignation letters to the president of Telangana Judicial Officers Association. Later, they went on mass casual leave. They alleged that the recently released provisional allocation of subordinate judicial officers between AP and Telangana states will hamper the chances of Telangana judges getting elevated to the High Court.

On June 27, the HC took a serious view of the judicial officers taking part in the strike, and suspended association president K Ravinder Reddy and secretary V Vara Prasad as part of disciplinary proceedings. Later, it suspended another nine judges.

When the issue was brought to the notice of Chief Justice of India by a delegation representing Telangana advocates’ community, the CJI assured them of resolving the issue and asked them to first withdraw the strike. The judicial officers met the Acting Chief Justice informing the latter of their decision to join the duties.


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