HC summons PTU V-C, registrar on Oct 31
Even as Punjab Technical University (PTU) vice-chancellor Rajneesh Arora and registrar HS Bains are already facing contempt of court proceedings in the high court, the HC has again summoned the two on October 31 in connection with another contempt of court petition.punjab Updated: Oct 24, 2012 00:22 IST
Even as Punjab Technical University (PTU) vice-chancellor Rajneesh Arora and registrar HS Bains are already facing contempt of court proceedings in the high court, the HC has again summoned the two on October 31 in connection with another contempt of court petition.
Earlier, Ajesh Gugnani contended in his contempt petition that on March 29, the university had reappointed his firm, Matrix Infosys, for a period of five years to act as the PTU regional centre (RC) for the zone comprising West Bengal, Sikkim, north-eastern states and Andaman and Nicobar to run distance education courses.
"Though PTU's expert committee, in its appraisal report, had recommended grant of a 10-year contract, citing our past performance in delivering quality services to learning centres and students, PTU had signed a five-year agreement as per the existing norms," Gugnani said.
"The university is required to serve show-cause notice for any violation of the MoU, which will be returnable within 15 days. The reply to the notice shall then be considered by the distance education programme council, which will submit its recommendations to the board of governors (BoG). The board will take a final decision on any punitive action against the RC. Thereafter, the BoG may appoint a committee for "reconsidering" its decision, if the RC prefers to contest the decision. The committee's decision shall be final," the MoU said.
PTU, however, terminated the pact on August 9 without following the process of natural justice, as was mandated under the terms of the pact, alleged Gugnani.
However, the HC had, on October 8, quashed the university's order and further held that the "existing arrangement", as provided for under the MoU, could not be altered without compliance of the provisions contained in the pact, Gugnani said. The university was however given liberty to follow the process of law by associating the petitioner and thereafter taking an appropriate decision, he added.
Four days later, PTU issued an order directing all its learning centres not to deal with Matrix Infosys while instructing them to directly deal with another RC on the ground that show-cause notice for termination of the MoU had already been issued to Gugnani's firm. Besides, a show-cause notice was also served on Matrix Infosys for violation of the MoU.
Gugnani served a legal notice on PTU to seek withdrawal of that order, but to no avail. "Arora and Bains remained adamant on altering the existing arrangement. The MoU, thus, has been again put in abeyance by the university, though the HC had already held that the existing arrangement could only be altered after following the process of law and taking the same to a logical end," he said.
The university could only have issued a show-cause notice pertaining to the alleged overt act attributable to him about issuance of advertisement without approval of the university, Gugnani said.
Previous contempt case
The HC, on November 14, 2011, had restrained PTU and its board of governors (BoG) from making any appointment without its specific permission. JK Anand, a Jalandhar resident, filed a contempt of court petition after the university initiated the process of appointing BoG chairman and also ratified industrialist Rajinder Gupta's appointment as Bathinda college board chairman and approved hiring of other consultants. The next hearing in the case is on November 5.