HC steps in to restore normalcy in MU; appoints administrator

Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 11 | Publish Date: 10/11/2018 10:11:01 AM IST

Putting an end to the 134 day-long crisis in the Manipur University, the Manipur High Court on Thursday has appointed former chief secretary of Manipur, Jarnail Singh, as administrator of the University. 

 A division bench of the court comprising of justice N Kotishow and justice Nandakishore passed the order after hearing two separate PILs filed by Chongtham Nimai Singh and Hemanta Ningomba, editor of Manipuri daily Huiyen Lanpao.

While appointing the retired IAS officer Jarmail Singh, the court also suspended an order regarding appointment of prof K Yugindro Singh as pro-vice chancellor issued by VC AP Pandey. 

The court also suspended the order related with the appointment of prof W Vishwanath Singh to look after the office of VC issued by AP Pandey on August 1, 2018 and appointment of Shyamkesho Singh and Sh Dorendrajit as registrar in-charge of the varsity.

 The visitor of the university and concerned Union ministry of human resource development were also asked to ensure not to revoke the suspension of AP Pandey as VC of the varsity. 

“We, hereby, appoint a neutral person as an Administrator who is fully empowered to discharge the functions of the vice chancellor as provided under the Manipur University Act, 2005 and such other relevant statues, whose primary duty and responsibility is to bring normalcy to Manipur University,” the order of the court stated.

The court ordered Jarnail Singh to immediately take over charge and start discharging his duties and functions as the VC.

 While giving the mandatory authority and power to bring normalcy in the varsity, the court said that the administrator will have the liberty to approach the court for any clarification of the order or seek any further order or directions from the court.


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