Court notice to varsity on St. Stephen’s College issue

July 29th, 2008 - 9:11 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Delhi High Court Tuesday issued notice to the Delhi University after St. Stephen’s College alleged interference in its affairs over appointment of a full-time principal. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar issued notice to Delhi University to reply by Friday.

St. Stephen’s had approached the court after it received a letter from Delhi University March 20 directing the college to provide a list of candidates who had applied for the post of principal.

The university, citing a clause of the university ordinance, said it would complete the selection procedure and then inform the college recommending the name of the selected candidate.

The St. Stephen’s college opposed the move by the university contending that they are a minority institution and have always selected principals on their own.

“Any interference from the university will be infringing our fundamental rights,” the college alleged.

On July 4, the court asked St. Stephen’s to appoint a full-time principal in the college as early as possible.

The bench was hearing a public interest petition filed by R.K. Malhan, a former faculty member of the college, through his counsel Sachin Datta.

Datta contended that the institution is running without a head even as the admission procedure for the new academic session has started. There is an apprehension of irregularities in admission due to the absence of a full-time principal, he said.

The college’s supreme council appointed vice principal M.S. Frank as pro-tem administrator after Valson Thampu resigned from the post of officer on special duty and officiating principal in March.

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