The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged the Governor to intervene against the government move to interfere in the recruitment process of last grade employees in Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat).

In a communication here, M.V. Govindan Master, Ernakulam district secretary of the party, accused the government and the Higher Education Department of trying to sabotage the selection process.

Mr. Govindan Master said that a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court had rejected the allegations of corruption raised against the recruitment. The government then appointed the Director of Collegiate Education to re-investigate the matter and ordered the postponement of the interview for recruitment of last grade employees scheduled on November 4.

The decision had affected the prospects of hundreds of candidates figuring on the rank list, he said, adding that the University Act did not permit the government or the Vice-Chancellor to intervene in the selection process. The powers are vested only with the selection committee. A three-member committee headed by the Pro-Vice Chancellor is responsible for conducting the interview, he said.

The Ernakulam district committee of the CPI (M) has urged the Governor to restrain the government from interfering in the democratic rights of universities in the State.