The Bombay High Court Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of basic facilities provided to a tribunal set up for the University of Mumbai and SNDT College, and its presiding officer, a retired high court judge. It has directed the University of Mumbai to take prompt action in this regard.
“This is really a pathetic state of affairs. You (the university) have to provide all basic facilities and amenities to the tribunal and its presiding officer which he is entitled to,” Justice A S Oka said.
“We expect the university to take prompt action. Even assuming that the University is in a crisis situation now we cannot accept the fact that basic facilities are not being provided to the tribunal and its officer,” he added.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by an advocate Pravartak Pathak. He contended that the necessary requirements were not provided to the presiding officer of the tribunal since he took charge in December 2016. The tribunal was set up as a first appeal body to hear and resolve issues arising out of admission and other education matters. The University’s lawyer Rui Rodrigues informed the court that a meeting had been arranged between the vice-chancellor and the tribunal’s presiding officer to understand what amenities are required.
“How can you expect the presiding officer to tell the vice-chancellor what he requires. The university should be providing all those amenities that the presiding officer is entitled to.” The court has now posted the matter for further hearing on October 11.