Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday adjourned further hearing on a petition by Syed Mudir Agha, chairman of the Karnataka State Minorities Commission, against the proposed move by the Chief Secretary to remove him from his post.

Justice S. Abdul Nazir, who heard the petition, directed the two parties not to precipitate matters and adjourned further hearing.

The petitioner said the commission is constituted under Section 3 of the Karnataka Minorities Commission Act and its chairman is appointed under Section 4 of the Act.

He said he was appointed for a three-year term to the post of chairman on October 5, 2007.

He said he came to know of the imposition of President’s Rule in the State only after the Chief Secretary issued a note on October 12. In the note, the Chief Secretary had directed the Principal Secretary to obtain the resignation of non-official chairpersons of all boards and corporations.

He said a note on October 17 was sent by the Secretary of Minorities Welfare Department to the Minorities Commission on October 17 to him. The note requested him to resign in view of the note of the Chief Secretary and also asked to return the car.

Mr. Agha claimed in his petition that he had so far not received any letter.

He said he had taken charge as the chairman and that he had no intention of either resigning or returning the car. He said in view of the peremptory language used in the note, he apprehended that he might be forced to resign. If he did not resign, he might be removed.

He urged the court to direct the authorities not to take any action against him.