The Manipur High Court on Thursday suspended the acting vice-chancellor and registrar of Manipur University and appointed a new administrator in order to restore normalcy in the university, which has been witnessing agitation May 30.
Former state chief secretary Jarnail Singh has been designated as the administrator who will discharge the duties of vice-chancellor (VC) according to the provisions of the Manipur University Act 2005.
Jarnail Singh earlier had served as joint secretary to the office of the Prime Minister. He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2007. He had held the portfolio of the Chief Secretary of Manipur from 2004 to 2008.
A bench consists of justices N Kotishwar Singh and Kh Nobin Singh in its order said the appointment of Yugindro Singh, the vice-chancellor and registrar of Manipur University shall remain suspended.
The bench said, “We have given our anxious thought and consideration over the matter and volatile and often
violent situation continuing in Manipur University and considering the best interest of the students and very disturbing situation prevailing, we have reluctantly opted to intervene in the matter by issuing the following directions."
The court in the last hearing on October 5, had alerted the respondent (authorities) and all the stakeholders that in absence of any resolution to the crises it (court) may be bound to intervene while expressing serious concern on the continuing deadlock and violence.
The division bench said, “The academic routine has been literally thrown out of gear. The crisis remains unresolved and has worsened with increasing violent incidents. Chaos reigns now”.
The court authorized Jarnail Singh to choose the acting registrar and appoint others posts to assist him.
Singh while discharging his duties can revoke and pass any orders to bring normalcy in the university.
The agitators in the university have been demanding the removal of the VC for alleged administrative and financial anomalies. There are no classes have been held in the university since May 30.