Published: 15th December 2020
Traffic Ramaswamy set to file new petition against Anna University VC, after Madras HC dismisses his PIL
The petition is addressed to the Higher Education Secretary, the UGC, the Tamil Nadu Education Secretary and The Chief Secretary, State of Tamil Nadu
The Madras High Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL filed by activist ‘Traffic’ K R Ramaswamy, seeking the removal of Dr M K Surappa from the post of the Anna University Vice-Chancellor. Upset by the court’s decision, the 86-year-old is now set to file another PIL on Wednesday. The case was heard by a bench comprising of judges M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam.
In his petition, Ramaswamy said that Surappa’s appointment violated a certain UGC norm, since he had served his terms as the director of IIT Ropar and as a Dean of IISc Bangalore. “The UGC doesn’t permit someone to serve a position of the same rank more than twice. I quoted this in the petition. However, the court said that it couldn’t find any evidence here. They asked me from where I got these details,” he says. “I am not going to give up. I will file another PIL tomorrow,” says Ramaswamy. Four months ago, he had written to the authorities stating the same. However, he did not receive a response.
The founding member of Tamil Nadu’s Home Guard, he said that he has filed more PILs against Surappa in the past. “The government had ordered a probe against him, investigating financial irregularities and misuse of power, only after I filed a petition,” he says. However, he believes that the government’s inquiry is just an eyewash. “This won’t lead to anything. It is just a strategy, considering that the elections are coming up,” he says.