Mumbai : Maharashtra Governor CV Rao, in his capacity as Chancellor of universities, on Saturday terminated the services of Dr. Raviprakash G. Dani, Vice Chancellor of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (Agricultural University), on grounds that he is not a citizen of India.
Dani – the VC of the prestigious university based in Akola, has been sacked “with immediate”, barely 15 days before his retirement after a five-year term. He was known to keep a picture of former US President Barack Obama in his cabin.
“The decision to remove Dr Dani from the post of Vice Chancellor was taken after obtaining the opinion of the Law and Judiciary Department of the Government of Maharashtra, the Advocate General of Maharashtra and the Ministry of External Affairs,” a terse statement from Raj Bhavan said on Saturday evening.
The issue of Dani’s citizenship was raised over two years ago when some top university officials found that he displayed a photo of former US President Obama prominently on his table. When objections were raised, he had removed the photograph and of his felicitation by the former US President at a function in the USA.
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