HC nullifies 58 appointments in Kerala University

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The Kerala High Court has nullified the appointment of 58 teachers at University of Kerala. Issuing the order, the court observed that the university followed an unconstitutional method while determining reservation of posts in the recruitment.

The government has fixed reservation as considering all vacancies in various education departments as a single unit.

Approving the argument which claimed the reservation method was illegal, Justice Amit Rawal cancelled all the appointments of teachers which carried out as per the notification issued in 2017.

The court issued the order considering the plea of Calicut University Life Sciences department lecturer Dr G Radhakrishna Pillai and Kerala university Tamil department lecturer Dr T Vijayalakshmi.

The duo approached the HC as pointing out the Supreme Court order which opposed the integration of posts in various departments during recruitment.

If vacancies including professor, associate professor and assistant professor posts in various departments considered as a single unit, the reservation will go up by 100 per cent. This will badly affect the candidates who are named on the merit list. Hence, the court hereby cancels all the appointments carried out as per the 2017 notification, reads the court order.

As per the notification issued in 2017, the University of Kerala appointed 58 people in teacher posts.

Former MP PK Biju’s wife Viji Vijayan got appointed as an assistant professor in the biochemistry department under this recruitment.

At the same time, various petitions over similar appointments in the University of Calicut, Sanskrit University and Kannur University are being considered by the court. MB Rajesh’s wife Ninitha Kanichery’s appointment in Sanskrit university is also found among the alleged illegal appointments.