Amid row over the resignation of vice-chancellors (VCs) of nine universities in Kerala where the CPI(M)-led state government and Governor Arif Mohammed Khan is at loggerheads, the high court issued an order on Monday stating that the VCs will continue until the governor (who is also the Chancellor) issues a final order.
A single bench of Justice Devan Ramachandran while giving the order said, “The petitioners will be eligible to continue in their positions however in full compliance with law and regulations.”
Earlier the Governor had ordered Vice Chancellors of nine varsities in the state to tender resignation.
The order of the Governor came as a shock to the Left-front government. In a press conference on Monday, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that there was no need for the VCs to resign, adding the Governor will have to face a mass uprising against him in the state.
The vice-chancellors had moved to the high court against the governor’s order.