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AP Pandey files petition in High Court against MoA

IMPHAL | Sept 5 : Professor, Adya Prasad Pandey, has filed a petition in the High Court of Manipur challenging the memorandum of agreement (MoA) signed between the MU community and HRD ministry on August 16. The petition was listed to be heard tomorrow.

The counsels of Pandey are Ajoy Pebam, A. Mohendro and Neela Gokhale and for the union of India, the counsels are B.P. Sahu and Tamphamani.

The MU community signed the MoA, which ended the 85 days long shutdown strike, with joint secretary of HRD ministry in the presence of chief minister N. Biren and his cabinet ministers.

As per the agreement, the Ministry reconstituted the fact-finding committee into a two-member independent committee to probe into the allegations made against Pandey by the Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU). The committee to be headed by a former acting Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, T. Nandakumar (chairman) and M.K Choudhary, former vice-chancellor of Tezpur University (member), will submit their enquiry report within one month.

Pandey will be on leave during the enquiry period and until follow up action taken during the enquiry period of 15 days. He was given leave from August 2.

On Monday, the MU authority extended the leave period of Prof. AP Pandey with effect from September 1, until the completion of the inquiry proceedings against him and until the necessaries follow up action is taken on the inquiry report by the competent authority.

However, Pandey refused to accept the extension on the basis that it was issued by his lower rank officer and resumed his duty from a camp office set up at his quarter.

While MUSU alleged Pandey of committing administrative and financial irregularities, he blamed the teachers’ body of misguiding the students.

He also claimed that he had not received any official intimation with regards to the MoA and learned it from social media.


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