Delhi HC to hear Prof Eqbal Hussain’s appeal against quashing his appointment as Jamia's officiating VC

The matter has been listed for hearing on May 29 after being deferred by Justice Rekha Palli, who has recused herself and directed that the matter be listed for hearing before another bench
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The Delhi High Court (HC), on May 29, will be hearing an appeal by professor Eqbal Hussain challenging a single judge's order quashing his appointment as the pro-vice-chancellor and subsequently as the officiating vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, reported PTI.

Hearing of the appeal was deferred after Justice Rekha Palli, heading a division bench also comprising Justice Saurabh Banerjee, recused herself and directed that the matter be listed for hearing before another bench on Wednesday.

The single judge of the high court had on May 22, while dealing with petitions by Md Shami Ahmad Ansari and others, quashed the appointment of Hussain as the pro-vice-chancellor and subsequently as officiating vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, holding the appointments were not made in conformity with the relevant statute.

It had, however, directed that to ensure the academic and administrative machinery of the university does not suffer or come to a complete halt, a fresh appointment to the post of officiating vice-chancellor be made within a week, PTI added.

The court had also asked the 'Visitor', who is the President of India, to order the initiation of the process of appointing a regular vice-chancellor in the meantime.

On September 14, 2023, then Vice-Chancellor Prof Najma Akhtar appointed Hussain as the pro-vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.

Subsequently, upon Akhtar's superannuation on November 12, 2023, another notification was issued by the office of the Registrar about Hussain assuming the charge of officiating vice-chancellor.

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