SHILLONG, July 03: With new Governor announced for Meghalaya, it seems tables have finally turned for the CMJ University. In a strange twist to the role of Court in CMJ University controversy, the Meghalaya High Court has ‘admitted’ the petition filed by Chandra Mohan Jha (CMJ) Foundation challenging the recommendation of the outgoing Governor RS Mooshahary for “dissolution” of the Varsity.
It may be recalled that the Meghalaya High Court had earlier ruled that it would not interfere into the matter until the controversy is resolved and upheld Governor’s directives.
Legal advisor of CMJ foundation SP Sharma said, “We have challenged before the High Court against the recommendations made by the Governor” adding “We have submitted the petition for quashing of the FIR that was lodged by the Visitor”.
According to Counsel, the Visitor - who is the head of the state machinery - has no authority to recommend for dissolution of the University even under the CMJ University Act.
The Governor as the Visitor of the University had earlier on June 12, recommended for closure of the University in accordance with Section 48 of the CMJ University Act, 2009, besides pointing several irregularities including functioning on the strength of a self-appointed chancellor without the approval of the visitor which is in gross violation of Section 14 (1) of the CMJ University Act, 2009 on the presumption of ‘deemed approval’ by the Visitor.
The hearing for quashing of Governor’s recommendation is said to be in second week of August while the hearing for quashing of FIR would be held next week.