The Kerala government on Wednesday informed the high court that the governor must act according to the advice of the state government.
Though the governor is the chancellor of state universities, the latter does not have the privileges of the former, the government pleaded while making its argument in the case against the appointment of Prof Ciza Thomas as VC in-charge at APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University.
Advocate General Gopalakrishna Kurup told the court that the governor does not have constitutional powers while appointing vice-chancellors of universities since he is exercising the power of chancellor.
The government can challenge the decisions of the chancellor. The appointment of Prof Ciza was in violation of the KTU Act, he argued.
Earlier, the high court had stated that the chancellor does not enjoy the privileges of governor and the government has the right to question his decisions.