The Central government on Wednesday removed psephologist Yogendra Yadav from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for joining the Aam Admi Party, saying his association with the UGC “may not only set a dangerous precedent but may even give scope for future politicisation of the UGC and its academic decision making.”

Professor Yadav, an office-bearer of the AAP, was served a show-cause notice on September 4 by the Human Resource Development Ministry. The notice cited conflict of interest “as his antecedents and credentials at the time of his appointment in 2011 now stand substantially altered.”

Professor Yadav told The Hindu that though he was yet to receive the order, he had come to know about it from the media. “I am surprised the government has decided to go ahead with its decision despite knowing there was nothing in the UGC Act, Rules and Code of Conduct that barred a member of a political party from being a member.”

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