The Delhi High Court on Monday asked Jamia Hamdard's Vice-Chancellor G N Qazi to explain as to why he should not be barred from replying to the deemed university teachers' plea, challenging his continuation as V-C beyond August 2011, when he turned 65.

Justice Suresh Kait sought Mr. Qazi's reply to the Teachers' Association of Hamdard University (HUTA) plea, which said that the V-C should be deprived of his right to reply to their earlier petition questioning his continuation beyond 65 as he had not replied to the court notice on original petition in time.

Justice Kait fixed May 11 as next date of hearing.

The Court, earlier, had issued notices to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, University Grant Commission (UGC) and Jamia Hamdard Society and directed them to file their response to the teachers' contention by May 23.

Mr. Quazi, however, has failed to reply to the teachers' plea against him.

HUTA counsel Tarique Siddiqui had said as per the terms and conditions of Mr. Qazi's appointment in October 2008, the V-C is appointed either for five years or till he attains the age of 65 whichever is earlier and Mr. Qazi completed the age of 65 on August 14, 2011.

He had contended that the University's Executive Council has wrongly selected him for another term and extended his service for five more years citing the order issued by the UGC.

He had also argued that on March 14, 2009, the Executive Council had considered and approved the enhancement in the age of superannuation of the V-C from 65 years to 70 years as per the direction issued by the UGC dated on November 6, 2008, which is after the appointment of Mr. Qazi and the UGC direction would not be applicable on him.- PTI