Karnataka High Court judge Huluvadi G. Ramesh stayed the operation of October 3 order passed by the Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological- University (VTU) removing H.N. Jagannatha Reddy and Prasad Raya Patty, both members of varsity’s Executive Council.

The petitioners alleged that they were removed from the council when they declined to authorise the Vice-Chancellor for selecting persons to the posts of registrar and registrar (evaluation). They claimed that the Chancellor has no power to issue a show cause notice or terminate their nomination made to the Executive Council for a period of three years. The term of members cannot be cut short by “illegal” acts of the Vice-Chancellor, the petitioners claimed.