Indore : Election of the retired district judge Gulab Sharma by Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV)’s executive council as its nominee in the VC search panel has invited legal tangle.

Former executive council member of RGPV, Ajay Chordia on Friday filed a petition in the Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court alleging that the election process was flawed and requested the court to make Sharma’s election null and void and direct the DAVV executive council to re-elect its nominee for VC search panel.

Chancellor of DAVV, vice chancellor, executive council members Ganesh Kawadia, Prof PK Gupta and executive council nominee in VC search panel Sharma have been made respondents in the case.

The petitioner advocate Manohar Dalal said that two candidates, who had applied for the VC’s post had taken part in the voting conducted for electing EC nominee for the VC search panel.

“Prof Kawadia and Prof Gupta, who are EC members and have applied for the VC post, had taken part in the voting process. Technically, they should have opted out of the voting process. As they participated in the process, it got flawed,” Dalal said.

He said that they have requested the court to cancel the election of Sharma as EC nominee for VC search panel and direct the DAVV executive council to re-elect its representative again.

The petition was filed in the court days after chancellor and Governor Ram Naresh Yadav constituted a three-member VC search panel for recommending candidates for appointment of vice chancellor at DAVV.

Chordia was also among the persons who names were proposed in the executive meeting VC search panel on November 26. He and Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya vice chancellor Raghvendra P Tiwari had got two votes each while Sharma received six votes and elected as EC nominee.

Days after his election, Chordia had filed a complaint with Raj Bhawan stating that the election process was flawed and the DAVV executive council should be directed to re-elect its nominee for the search panel.

“As the Raj Bhawan did not act on my complaint, I filed a petition in the court,” Chordia said.

The meeting that took place on November 26 was the third emergent meeting of the EC in the last three months to select its nominee for the VC search panel. The first meeting was held on September 21 wherein DP Singh was elected as EC nominee in the search panel. He, however, later stepped down citing personal reasons.

Following the development, a second EC meeting was held on October 29 wherein Jai Narayan University’s (Jodhpur) VC RP Singh was nominated as EC representative in the search panel. But, he too stepped down with an excuse of his academic and administrative work.

Election of both the persons had invited controversies over one or other reasons. In the third emergent meeting took place on November 26, Sharma was elected through voting.

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