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Kerala Governor accused minister of violating law

When reporters sought the Governor's response to the minister's comments on the matter, Khan said that he would not respond to 'criminals'.
Last Updated 18 February 2024, 16:23 IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has accused state higher education minister R Bindu of violating the law by attending a recent meeting of Kerala University senate.

When reporters sought the Governor's response to the minister's comments on the matter, Khan said that he would not respond to 'criminals'.

The present row is over the minister's participation at a senate meeting on Friday in her capacity as pro-chancellor. The meeting was supposed to be chaired by the vice-chancellor in charge Mohanan Kunnummal and the agenda was to appoint a search committee for the section of vice-chancellor.

Governor said that as chancellor he had authorised the vice-chancellor to convene the senate meeting. Hence the minister's entry to the hall and chairing the meeting as pro-chancellor was illegal and violation of law, he said.

Bindu stated that if her act was a violation the matter can be taken up before court. She said that in the absence of the chancellor, the pro-chancellor is empowered to chair the senate meeting.

The senate meeting witnessed dramatic scenes with the minister declaring the meeting's end without going to the constitution of the search committee.

The CPM government had earlier decided to amend the university laws removing the Governor from chancellor post as well as reconstituting the structure of the search committee. But the bills passed by the Assembly are yet to get the Governor's nod. The university laws amendments were even reserved for the President's consideration.

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(Published 18 February 2024, 16:23 IST)

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