Balakrishna resigns as head of BU legal cell

The Bangalore University Legal Cell is without a head, yet again. With retired Judge Justice C K Balakrishna resigning from the post on Friday, the Cell is left without a legal head.

Justice Balakrishna had submitted his resignation earlier in January too. But he resumed his services again recently, in the interests of the varsity.

According to sources in the varsity, he was forced to resign, unhappy with corruption at every stage, in the university administration.

Officials in the varsity, who were close witnesses to the proceedings said, the Justice, known for being upright, was dejected by the corrupt practices.

Pressure from a few Syndicate members and private college managements lobby strengthened Justice Balakrishna’s decision to reconsider his resignation.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Justice Balakrishna said he had decided to quit, upset by the recent happenings in the varsity. He said though he was heading the legal cell, some of the important files, including those on the allotment of university cases, were processed without his knowledge.

Will not go back

Dismissing rumours that he would go back to the university, the Justice asserted that this time he would not be taking up the post again.

Meanwhile, Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof Thimme Gowda said that he was yet to accept the resignation.

However, he said he would wait for a few more days for Justice Balakrishna to reconsider his decision.

‘Rude behaviour’

He said: “There will always be dissent and a few people often act as irritants. Justice Balakrishna might have been offended by the rude behaviour of a few persons. I hope he comes back,” he added.

And till then, the university will function without a legal head. Appointment of a new head would involve setting up a panel to select an eligible person for the post. Usually a session’s judge is considered for the post, Prof Thimme Gowda said.

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