After the controversy over the appointment of current Mumbai University Vice-Chancellor Rajan Welukar, a fresh public interest litigation (PIL) was moved in the Bombay High Court, on Monday, challenging the appointments of the V-Cs of Mumbai University and Shivaji University, Kolhapur, according to the Maharashtra Universities Act. The petition says that the appointments should be made according to the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The PIL was filed by activist Suresh Patilkhede. It says, “The apex court on March 11, 2015, decided that the state of Maharashtra should not apply the pick-and-choose policy in the appointment of the V-C of Mumbai University and Shivaji University, Kolhapur.”
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It adds that the state should have stopped the process of appointments after the Supreme Court judgment. Patilkhede said he was left with no alternative but to file a petition in order to prevent illegal appointment to such “vital posts” of public importance. Mahadeo Choudhari, who took up the case before Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A K Menon, has sought time to include the new V-C of Mumbai University, Sanjay Deshmukh, as a party in the PIL.