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Delhi High Court Issues Notice on Plea Challenging Appointment of Dr. Najma Akhter as Jamia Millia Islamia's Vice Chancellor

Lawstreet Journal 5 Aug 2021 11:39pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi High Court Issues Notice on Plea Challenging Appointment of Dr. Najma Akhter as Jamia Millia Islamia's Vice Chancellor

The Delhi High Court issued a notice last week on a petition challenging Dr. Najma Akhtar's appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.

A division bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher and Justice Talwant Singh was hearing an appeal against a single-judge bench order dated 5th March 2021, which had rejected a writ petition challenging her appointment, stating that the Court cannot sit in appeal over the Search Committee's decision.

The Court requested responses from the Centre, Najma Akhtar, the Central Vigilance Commission, the University Grants Commission, and Jamia Millia Islamia, and scheduled a hearing for September 22,2021.

The appeal, filed by M.Ehtesham -ul-haque an alumnus of Jamia Millia Islamia University's Faculty of Law, claims that the single judge failed to recognise the Search Committee's process and that it appears to have "delegated critical and fundamental aspect of gauging the'suitability' and 'eligibility' of a candidate vis-a-vis Vigilance Clearance available with the said candidate."

During the hearing, Advocate Mobashshir Sarwar, who was representing the appellant, raised the issue of the composition of the Search-cum-Selection Committee.

According to him, the Committee had to be composed of people of eminence in the field of higher education, and Justice (Retd.) M.S.A. Siddiqui did not meet the requirements of the University Grants Commission's Regulations enacted in 2018.

"Because the learned Single Judge failed to recognise, in contrast to Justice (Retd.) MSA Siddiqui, that an academic question should be left to be decided by academicians and educationists, who are better equipped to do so due to… Continue Reading...

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