High Court dismisses petition against Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University VC on nepotism charges
Chennai: Madras High Court declined to entertain a PIL which accused vice-chancellor of Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University Dr Geethalakshmi of appointing her doctor-husband R Sugumar and doctor-sister S Usha as members of top academic bodies, and purchasing a high-end cars against rules.
The petitioner Varaaki sought a direction to the Governor to take action against the vice-chancellor.
Dismissing the PIL and Varaki, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sundar said "We are completely dissatisfied with bonafides of this petition. The power of the vice-chancellor, in turn, is checked by various bodies, where agendas are placed and approved. Thus, there is a control and check mechanism provided under the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University Act, 1998 itself."
The petitioner said that he had already sent representations to the government and the Governor complaining that the vice-chancellor had purchased a high-end car over and above what had been provided for in the budged, and that she had appointed her husband as member of Standing Academic Board and Faculty of UG Medicine and Surgery of the university, and sister as Standing Academic Board and Faculty of Medicine and Medical Specialties in the university.
Rejecting the PIL, the bench said 'merely because a person unconnected with the subject matter even wrote letters to the chancellor, it would not give him the right to seek a direction from the court, that the chancellor must act in a particular manner.