Kannur University VC Gopinath Ravindran’s appointment was canceled by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court observed that the method of appointment was illegal. The verdict was delivered by a bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud. Justice JB Pardhiwala of the three-judge bench pronounced the verdict.
The same procedure as for appointment need not be applicable for re-appointment. However, the power of re-appointment rests with the chancellor, the court said.
Here, the Governor who is also the Chancellor has stated that the process of reappointment of Gopinath Ravindran as Kannur VC is not in his interest. Under the Chancellor’s authority, outside interference is not acceptable.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, therefore, ordered that the re-appointment notification and the High Court order upholding the same be set aside and the appeal allowed.
Kannur University Senate Member Dr. Premachandran Keezhot, Academic Council Member Shino P. Jose is Dr. Gopinath approached the Supreme Court questioning the re-appointment of Ravindran.