HC seeks reply on Dr Dani’s plea

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Aug 2017 10:24:02

Staff Reporter,

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Monday asked the respondent Chancellor’s office, State Government and them to file reply on a petition filed by Dr Raviprakash Dani, Vice-Chancellor of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola, who was removed by the Governor on last Saturday over his dual citizenship issue.

Since all the respondents were serve the copies, a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Arun Upadhye, while asking the respondents to file the reply within stipulated period, did not issue a formal notice.

Dr Raviprakash Dani, the Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV), has challenged his termination days before expiry of his term before the High Court. Dr Dani, while terming his unceremonious removal as unfair and arbitrary, has questioned the decision of Chancellor to remove him.

According to Chancellor’s office, the decision to remove Dr Dani from the post of Vice-Chancellor was taken after obtaining the opinion of the Law and Judiciary Department of Government of Maharashtra, the Advocate General of Maharashtra and the Ministry of External Affairs. The timing of removal surprised many as Dr Dani was about to complete the term and a search committee was already formed to select his successor. After pondering over the issue and consulting his lawyers, Dr Dani finally moved the High Court with a request to quash and set-aside the impugned order dated July 29. The petitioner has joined the Chancellor, Principal Secretary of Agriculture and Registrar of PDKV as party-respondent.

The matter came up before the main division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Rohit Deo on Friday, but Justice Deo recused himself from hearing the matter.

According to petitioner-Dr Dani, he was duly selected by a search committee headed by ex-judge of the Supreme Court and he had truthfully stated all the facts before the committee. All details about his nationality and educational qualifications were duly scrutinised by the committee, Government and its agencies, he stated while wondering as to why he was penalised for something which he never suppressed.

Dr Dani who holds a PhD in Genetics from the Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi, had also served as a Principal Scientist at the Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) in Nagpur. Later, he was transferred to Hisar and thereafter he got a prestigious assignment at United States.

Adv Anil Kilor appeared for the petitioner. AGP Ketaki Joshi (State), Adv Arun Patil (PDKV) represented respondents.