Petition challenges withdrawal of nomination from varsity syndicate

The Karnataka High Court on Friday orally asked the State government not to create third party rights over posts of syndicate members of Mysore University by making fresh nominations.

Justice Ashok B. Hinchigeri also told government counsel that the court would allow those persons who were recently discontinued from the posts of nominated members of the Mysore University to attend the syndicate meeting if government fails to submit its arguments on Monday.

The court issued oral directions when government counsel sought time to argue the case indicating that the Advocate-General will defend the government.

The court was hearing the petitions filed by A.M. Bhaskar and three others challenging the withdrawal of their nomination as members of the university’s syndicate by the new government.

The government, on June 15, issued a letter to the university on withdrawing their nomination following which the university issued a notification on June 18 discontinuing their membership from the syndicate.

It was contended on behalf of the petitioners that even if these posts are related to doctrine of pleasure, still the court can look into it on the grounds how a change of ruling party can become reason for withdrawal of their nomination.


Meanwhile, Mr. Hinchigeri ordered issue of notice to the State on similar petitions filed by C.K. Jagadish, T.H. Srinivasiah and K.V. Acharya questioning the withdrawal of their nomination to the syndicate of Bangalore University. The court will hear petitions related to both the universities on Monday.

The Congress government recently withdrew nominations made by the BJP government to the syndicates of various universities.

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