HC scraps appointment of Bihar V-Cs, says govt not consulted

The Patna High Court Friday scrapped the appointment of six vice chancellors and four pro vice chancellors by Bihar Governor Devanand Konwar.

The high court's decision may further strain the relations between Raj Bhavan and the Bihar government, which do not see eye-to-eye on several education-related matters, including some bills pending with the governor.

The court cancelled the appointments because they were "not made in consultation" with the government as mandated by the Bihar State Universities Act, 1976.

The court, however, made it clear that the governor, as chancellor of the universities, "may or may accept" the government's opinion. "The chancellor being the supreme authority, it is his decision which shall prevail but not without obtaining the opinion of the state government on the proposed bench," it said.

The court further directed the chancellor to draw up a fresh list of candidates for these posts and told the government to make new appointments within a month.

Reacting to the verdict, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, "The order is part of the judicial process. I have nothing to say about it. But we do not want any confrontation with Raj Bhavan."

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