Wednesday, February 16, 2011

HC wants judge to probe Patan students’ transfer case

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court (HC) has directed a sessions judge to inquire into the transfer of 35 students of a Patan college to nine different colleges in Patan and Sabarkantha districts by the Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University. 
The division bench, headed by chief justice, has sought a report in this regard by February 28. The high court has directed the Patan and Sabarkantha district judges to appoint an additional sessions judge to look into the case.
These students of CK Patel College of Social Work at Patan were transferred upon an inquiry report of a committee set up by the university. The transfer was carried out on the grounds that the institute had charged Rs 250 more towards examination fees, the semester fee was taken in advance and services of two teachers were illegally terminated.
Navjeevan Education Trust, which runs the college, approached the high court against the varsity’s transfer order. The petitioner alleged that one of the probe committee members was running another college. The petitioners claimed that the inquiry report was hurriedly prepared and was biased. The university took a decision in haste on the basis of this report.
   After hearing the arguments of senior counsel Yatin Oza for the petitioner, the judges observed, “Prima facie, we are of the view that the students of an institution cannot be transferred to another institution on the ground of termination of services of one or other teacher.” To crosscheck allegations against the committee member, the high court asked a judicial officer to conduct an inquiry into the matter.
   The high court’s order saysthat the judge would visit the colleges, where the students have been transferred. He would then meet the students “in camera”. The university and college have been asked to furnish names of the nine colleges and all 35 students to the judicial officer.

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