The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued contempt of court notice to the vice-chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, for acting in violation of submissions made before the court.
The notices were issued on a petition by one Hari Singh Nagra, who had alleged that despite the university submitting before the high court in May 2014 that service rules would be finalised and recruitments made accordingly within six months, the university had proceeded against its submissions before the court.
He had submitted that the university, in 2014, had submitted that all service rules and regulations contemplated under the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Act, 1998, would be drafted and finalised by the university within six months and that all appointments, teaching and non-teaching, in the university and its constituent colleges would be made accordingly. As of the eligibility criterion, it would be finalised as per the norms of various statutory bodies, the court was assured in 2014.
However, the petitioner had submitted that the service rules had not been finalised within the time stated and the advertisement had been issued and appointments made in violation of the statement.
The HC has sought a report whether the order passed by the court had been complied with or not by the university. The university has been further directed that the compliance report be submitted within eight weeks, failing which it would be accepted only with a cost of Rs 2,000. The notices have also been issued to former vice-chancellor of the university, SS Gill, university registrar and controller of examinations and the chief secretary, Punjab.