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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

MANIT saga continues

HC restricts powers of MANIT director

Staff Reporter | Bhopal

The High Court, while hearing the petition filed by the director of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) against his termination orders issued by the Central Government, has put restrictions of director’s financial powers and also prohibited him from taking disciplinary action against any of the institute’s faculty.

It was brought to the notice of the court that since MANIT director KS Pandey has joined back, he has made some unreasonable payments. Notably, Pandey has reportedly issued cheques of Rs 22 lakh for the proposed sports complex and Rs 19 lakh for the boundary wall erection project. The HC following this, put certain restrictions on Pandey’s financial powers and barred him from payment more than Rs 50 thousand.

Besides, the HC has reportedly also put a restriction on director’s powers to issue show cause notices to MANIT faculties. During the proceedings, all the parties concerned filed their replies as directed by the HC in the last hearing. The HC has decided March 26 as the next date of hearing and directed Pandey’s counsel for presenting the rejoinder, if any, till March 23.

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