Seeking five years term, High Court dismisses KU VC’s petition

Srinagar

The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday dismissed a petition filed by Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, vice chancellor Kashmir University seeking five year’s term instead of three years.

The verdict was announced in Jammu by Justice D S Thakur.

Prof Andrabi had approached the court through senior advocate Zaffar A Shah pleading his term as vice-chancellor is for five years instead of erstwhile three years.

Andrabi was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University on October 17, 2014 for a period of three years, the government amended the Kashmir and Jammu Universities Act 1969, in 2015, substituting the words “three” by the words “five” for tenure of the vice-chancellor and clearly indicating that the amendments shall be applicable from the date they are published in the gazette notification. The gazette notification, after concurrence from the Governor NN Vohra, has been issued in 2015 itself.

Pertinent to mention, the state legislature on April 20, 2015, carried out an amendment in both Jammu and Kashmir Universities Act 1969 substituting tenure of Vice-Chancellor to be for five years.

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