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IMPHAL | Sept 24 : Manipur University vice-chancellor, A.P. Pandey claimed that he is not ready to render any assistance to the inquiry committee, constituted by HRD ministry as the visitation powers are vested in the ‘Visitor’ of the university and the HRD ministry has no jurisdiction over the affairs of the University.
According to a letter dated September 22 written by Pandey to the members of the inquiry committee, it stated that neither he has received any notice nor request to participate in the task being discharged by the committee, and so he rendered helpless in providing assistance to the committee without having any knowledge as to the terms of reference which he may be required to answer and in which regard he is expected to provide assistance.
The enquiry in pursuance of a tripartite agreement between some illegal and unrecognised associations on one hand and the HRD ministry on the other is completely illegal and neither binding on the university nor the vice-chancellor, it added.
He has already filed a petition before the High Court of Manipur seeking various reliefs as prayed in the petition including inter alia of the very constitution of the committee itself. The court was pleased to admit the writ petition, however in the absence of grant immediate interim relief in the said petition he has already approached the Supreme Court by filing a special leave petition which is likely to be heard on the September 24, mentioned the letter.
It also stated that he has no knowledge of the terms of reference of the committees mandate and most importantly, in view of the fact that the constitution of the committee itself is illegal and as a subject matter of legal proceedings he is unable to render any assistance to the committee that too if solicited by the committee as per the unverified information suggested to him.
According to the letter, Pandey wrote “It as an act of courtesy and precaution to enable the members of the inquiry committee to understand his position in this regard.”~IFP