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High Court fixes September 17 for hearing of Pandey’s petition

IMPHAL | Sept 7 : The High Court has fixed September 17 for the hearing of the petition filed by vice-chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey challenging the memorandum of agreement (MoA) signed between the varsity community, state government and the Centre.

The MoA includes reconstituting of the fact finding committee into an independent two-member inquiry committee to probe into the allegations made against Pandey, and also mentioned that he will be on leave during the enquiry period and until follow up action taken which is preferable within fifteen days.

The petition was admitted today by the division bench of the high court comprising of chief justice, Ramalingam Sudhakar and justice, Kh. Nobin.

It was referred from a single bench to the division bench after considering the depth of the issues raised in the context of the present situation prevailing in Manipur University.

In the petition, it was mentioned that that the chairman of the inquiry committee is a close relative of a spokesperson of MUTA and hence, it is likely that the inquiry report will be biased.

During the admission of the case, the counsel of Pandey prayed before the court to suspend the MoA signed on August 16, the office memorandum issued by registrar (in-charge) on August 21 and the leave order passed by registrar (in-charge) on September 3.

The petitioner’s counsel further prayed to allow Pandey to resume his official duties as per the Manipur University Act 2005, and deliver him justice.

Later, the division bench has directed the respondents to submit their response on or before the next date of hearing.

The respondents of the petition are the union of India represented by MHRD joint secretary, Manipur University represented by registrar (in-charge), Sh. Dorendrajit and state of Manipur represented by the chief secretary.


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