Rajan Welukar, who obtained a stay from the Supreme Court on two Bombay high court orders regarding the formation of a new committee to reconsider his appointment as University of Mumbai’s(MU) vice-chancellor (VC), met governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday.
However, the meeting did not bear any result for Welukar. Raj Bhavan said that no decision has been taken about the governor’s order asking Welukar to stop attending office.
Rao is also the chancellor of all state universities, including MU. “Welukar met the governor at 9am at Raj Bhavan. However, the governor has not taken any decision on Welukar’s abstention yet,” said Umesh Kashikar, spokesperson of the governor’s office.
Welukar met the governor, regarding an order passed by Rao dated February 19, asking him to abstain from attending the office or discharge his duties as V-C. Welukar wanted the governor to reconsider his decision.
Welukar was not available for a comment. Registrar of the university, MA Khan, on Monday, had sent the copy of the Supreme Court order to the governor’s office. “The vice-chancellor’s meeting with the governor was in his personal capacity. We will follow whatever orders come from the chancellor. So far, we have not received any direction from him,” said Khan.
While AD Sawant, former pro vice-chancellor of MU and one of the petitioners in the Bombay high court case, said, “The governor should initiate the process to form a new search committee as the Supreme Court’s stay order does not affect his decision to abstain Welukar from the duty.”
After the petition, the Bombay high court, on February 11, asked the governor to form a search committee, which will reconsider an eligibility of Welukar as a vice-chancellor with regard to fulfilment of essential qualifications.