Delhi HC dismisses plea challenging Jamia VC appointment

Delhi HC dismisses plea challenging Jamia VC appointment

NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The Delhi High Court Friday dismissed a plea challenging appointment of Jamia Millia Islamia’s (JMI) current Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar, saying there was no merit in the petition as her appointment was justified.  The high court said the petitioner has not been able to show that any express provision of either the University Grants Commission (UGC) Regulations or the JMI Act has been flouted while making the appointment of Akhtar as the Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Justice V Kameswar Rao, in the 49-page judgement, highlighted the position of the law that court cannot sit in appeal over the decision taken by the Search Committee set up to select prospective candidates for the post.  “Rather the scope is limited to judicial review of the decision whereby the court is only concerned with whether the incumbent possessed qualifications for the appointment and the manner in which the appointment came to be made or whether the procedure adopted was fair, just and reasonable…

"The above discussion shows the appointment of respondent no.2 (Akhtar) is justified. I do not see any merit in the petition. The petition is dismissed,” the judge said.

The court passed the verdict on the petition by M. Ethesham-Ul-Haque, an alumnus of the Faculty of Law at JMI, challenging the appointment of Dr Najma Akhtar to the post of VC of the university, claiming that there was a violation of regulations issued by the UGC and JMI Act.

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