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High Court admits petition against controversial DAVV appointments


Indore : The Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court has admitted a petition alleging inaction over the VS Kokje Enquiry Commission report that had revealed irregularities in appointments and promotions of about 30 teachers in Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) in 2009.

Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV) former Executive Council member Ajay Chordia had filed a petition in the court alleging that no action was taken into the matter despite the Kokje Commission clearly mentioning in its report that anomalies took place during appointments and promotions of teaching staff at the DAVV.

“I have sent a legal notice to Chancellor of the DAVV, Ram Naresh Yadav in April, 2014 requesting for initiating action into illegal appointments but to no avail. So, I moved the court,” Chordia said.

Counsel of the petitioner Manohar Dalal said that the court accepted the petition and listed it for final hearing.

Following the petition, the court had issued a notice to Chancellor of the state university last year.

Chordia had lodged a complaint with Raj Bhawan alleging gross anomalies during the tenure of Ajit Singh Sehrawet as vice-chancellor of the DAVV in 2009. When his complaint was not addressed for nearly a year, he sent a legal notice to the then Chancellor Rameshwar Thakur on November 31, 2010 threatening him to move court if his complaint was not taken seriously.

Subsequently, the Raj Bhawan had constituted the Kokje Commission to probe into the charges leveled in the complaint. The probe report revealed that the recruitment and career advancement scheme (CAS) norms were highly compromised during appointments/promotions of teachers in 2009.

The report was submitted on April 15, 2011 but since no action has been taken on it. The Kokje Commission termed appointments/promotions illegal as some members of the interviews lacked permission from the Chancellor to be part of the selection process.

Apart from pointing out shortcomings in the selection process, the Kokje commission had also given 11 recommendations in its report. Chordia objected to one of the recommendations wherein Kokje stated that it would be appropriate for the university not to take action against beneficiaries of the controversial interview boards as they were innocents in the matter.

Kokje had stated that the parties affected due to appointments/promotions of the teachers should go to court if they wish so. Chordia said that the recommendation was illegal and uncalled for.

Why the matter is lingering on?

Following the Chancellor’s directives, the DAVV had put the Kokje report in its Executive Council that in turn granted relief to the teachers appointed/promoted in the controversial interviews citing Section 58 of the MP University Act-1973 and forwarded its decision to the Raj Bhawan. However, the Raj Bhawan sought the EC’s decision in individual cases. The Section 58 states that no act or proceeding of any authority, committee or body of the university shall be invalid merely by reason of (a) any vacancy in or defect in the constitution thereof; or (b) any defect in the election, nomination or appointment of a person acting as a member thereto; or (c) any irregularity in its procedure not affecting the merits of the case.