The Supreme Court Monday gave Pondicherry University Vice-Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy three weeks to respond to a show-cause notice, which indicted her for committing academic fraud and holding a fake D.Litt degree.
Underlining that her job was till the pleasure of the President who can dismiss her anytime, a bench led by Chief Justice T S Thakur observed: “We understand you are an academician and it is a matter of prestige for you, but your job is till the pleasure of the President.
The President may go into the content of the showcause notice issued to you and if he thinks the charges are grave, he is empowered to dismiss you straightaway.”
Krishnamurthy had challenged the Madras High Court order, upholding the show-cause notice issued to her by the President in August 2015, based on a fact-finding inquiry by the UGC that had held her guilty of plagiarism and misrepresentation. Krishnamurthy, who is currently on forced leave, has not replied to the notice till date.
After a UGC probe found that Krishnamurthy had authored only one book against the claim of three in her CV and that she lied about guiding nine PhD students. The show-cause notice had then sought her response over six allegations.