HC rejects former Meerut V-C?s plea

Published on Mar 22, 2006 12:02 AM IST

IN A significant decision, the Allahabad High Court has dismissed a writ petition filed by former vice-chancellor of Chaudhari Charan Singh University, Meerut, Dr Ram Lal Singh challenging his removal from the post of vice-chancellor of the said university on charges of financial irregularities. To recall, the chancellor by an order dated Aug 5, 2005 had removed Dr Singh from the post of VC on the ground that he conducted many distance education centres without the approval of state govt .

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IN A significant decision, the Allahabad High Court has dismissed a writ petition filed by former vice-chancellor of Chaudhari Charan Singh University, Meerut, Dr Ram Lal Singh challenging his removal from the post of vice-chancellor of the said university on charges of financial irregularities.

To recall, the chancellor by an order dated August 5, 2005 had removed Dr Singh from the post of vice-chancellor on the ground that he conducted many distance education centres without the approval of state government, which was contrary to laws, for his personal economic gains.

It is alleged that Dr Singh had set up 104 distance education centres without obtaining the approval of the State government and also distributed degrees for personal gains.

This decision was given by a division bench comprising Justice Dr BS Chauhan and Justice Dilip Gupta while dismissing the writ petition filed by Dr Singh.

In the petition, the petitioner Dr Singh had alleged that he was not permitted to give his explanation before removal, therefore, the order removing him was violative of the principles of natural justice.

Earlier, appearing on behalf of the state government, Advocate-General SMA Kazmi had argued that the principle of natural justice was not a tight jacket formula and as per previous decisions of the Supreme Court, the principle of natural justice can be by-passed in cases where there was no specific requirement by the Statute and impliedly excluded by the Statute. Kazmi further argued that the principle of natural justice can be invoked only where the petitioner establishes that the denial thereof had led to substantial injustice.

The petitioner Dr Singh was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Chaudhari Charan Singh University Meerut on March 2,2003 and acting on a complaint, the chancellor instituted an enquiry against him. Thereafter, a chargesheet containing 15 charges was submitted against him. The enquiry officer on June 7, 2005 submitted his report. On the basis of this report, the Chancellor sought explanation from Dr Singh and ultimately removed him from the post of vice-chancellor on August 5, 2005.

Kazmi’s felicitation:  The Allahabad High Court Bar Association will felicitate newly appointed Advocate-General of Uttar Pradesh SMA Kazmi at the Library Hall of HC Bar Association on Wednesday at 3.30 pm.Giving this information, secretary of HC Bar Association, Rakesh Pandey, urged all HC lawyers to attend this programme.

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