The Gujarat High Court has served notices to the state government over the appointment of KS Agarwal as assistant professor of MS University’s Faculty of Technology & Engineering, responding to a petition that challenged “inaction, arbitrariness, and discrimination” on part of these government departments to initiate action against him despite finding that his appointment was made for “pecuniary benefits.”
The notices were served to the principal secretaries of the state government’s higher education department and finance department, commissioner of technical education, commissioner of higher education, and commissioner, Gujarat Vigilance Commission.
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Agarwal was appointed assistant professor in February 2013, nearly two weeks before his retirement as principal of Polytechnic. He was subsequently made the president of the student union and senate member. He was also recently elected as the MSU syndicate member.
Petitioner II Pandya, who is also a faculty member of the Faculty of Technology & Engineering, had approached the State Vigilance Commission in March, 2013, against what he held as “illegal” appointment of Agarwal to the post of assistant professor. The State Vigilance Commission forwarded the matter to the principal secretary, higher education and commissioner of higher education for their consideration. The commissionerate of technical education held that the appointment of Agarwal was made for “pecuniary benefits” but no action was taken against him or the MS University by any of the government departments concerned, he claimed.