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HC to Higher Education Council chairman: Explain your eligibility to hold the post – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili of the Telangana high court has given notice to Professor T Papi Reddy, chairman of Telangana state higher education council, asking him to explain, within two weeks, his eligibility to hold the post of the council chairman even after crossing the age limit prescribed in the higher education council Act. The judge gave this direction while hearing a writ petition filed by OU research scholar K Vijay Kumar who questioned the action of the state in continuing Papi Reddy as the chairman of the council. Since he filed it as a writ of quo warranto and since the high court issued notice to the professor, he has to now explain to the court his eligibility to hold the post. The court also issued notices to the state, its higher education council, the central government also asking them to explain their stand on the issue.

Appearing for the petitioner, senior counsel S Satyam Reddy said that the Act clearly says that those under 65 years of age alone are eligible to hold the post of the council chairman. The state has been extending his tenure through the issuance of GOs. But since he crossed the age of superannuation in 2019 itself, these GOs cannot defend his eligibility, he said. Government’s orders cannot override the statutory provisions of law, he added. Section 5 (1) of the higher education council Act specifies that only those who have not attained the age of 65 shall be appointed as chairman of the council. In the current case, the state has been extending his tenure even after he crossed the age of 65, Satyam Reddy said. The case will come up for hearing after two weeks.

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