The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Calcutta High Court’s decision quashing the reappointment of Sonali Chakraborty Banerjee as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli observed that the impugned order of the High Court is correct in law and facts and does not require interference. It said the state cannot do away with the clause requiring the approval of the Governor of West Bengal, who is the chancellor of the university.
On 13 September, the Calcutta High Court quashed Banerjee’s reappointment as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta, holding that the West Bengal government had no authority to do so as per the provisions of the University Act.
Passing the verdict on a PIL by an alumnus of the university challenging Banerjee’s reappointment, the high court had said the August 27, 2021 government order issued by a special secretary cannot be upheld.
It had ordered that the State had no power to appoint or re-appoint the Vice-Chancellor under section 8 of the Calcutta University Act or by recourse to the residuary section 60 of the Act.
The oral request by the state government and lawyers representing Banerjee to stay the operation of the order was rejected.
Banerjee was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta on August 28, 2017 for four years and his term ended on August 27, 2021.
His term was extended by the Chancellor for three months with the condition that the selection process would begin and the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor would be done by following due process.
Subsequently, under the signature of the Special Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal, a notification was issued on August 27, 2021, under which Banerjee would be reappointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta for a period of four years with effect from August 28, 2021. was appointed. ,
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