Delhi HC Trashes Plea Challenging Jamia VC Najma Akhtar’s Appointment

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court dismissed a plea challenging the appointment of Jamia Millia Islamia’s (JMI) current Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar on Friday. The court said there was no merit in the petition as her appointment was justified.

According to the high court, the petitioner has not been able to show that any express provision of either the University Grants Commission (UGC) Regulations or the JMI Act has been flouted while making Akhtar the Vice-Chancellor of the university, reported news agency PTI.

In the 49-page judgement, Justice V Kameswar Rao highlighted the position of law that court cannot sit in appeal over the Search Committee’s decision. The committee has been set up to select prospective candidates for the post.

“Rather the scope is limited to judicial review of the decision whereby the court is only concerned with whether the incumbent possessed qualifications for the appointment and the manner in which the appointment came to be made or whether the procedure adopted was fair, just and reasonable…

“The above discussion shows the appointment of respondent no.2 (Akhtar) is justified. I do not see any merit in the petition. The petition is dismissed,” the judge was quoted as saying by the agency.

The verdict was passed on the petition filed by alumnus of Faculty of Law at JMI, M Ethesham-Ul-Haque. He challenged the appointment of Dr Najma Akhtar to the post of university VC, claiming that there was violation of the regulations issued by the UGC and JMI Act.

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