Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan said that he will not sign bills passed by the Assembly if they violate the Supreme Court ruling and the constitution's spirit.
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan stated on Tuesday that he will not sign bills passed by the Assembly if they violate the Supreme Court ruling and the constitution’s spirit.
The announcement from the Governor is made as the Kerala Assembly is in session to pass around 11 bills after the ordinances with the same provisions had expired.
Responding to a query regarding a bill to modify the clause that grants the Governor the authority to appoint VCs to state-run universities, Khan said, ” Do you really believe that I will sign any legislation that contradicts the ruling of the Supreme Court’s decision? Definitely not.
A bill only becomes a law after the Governor signs it. I’m just letting you know that I won’t sign anything that violates the Constitution, works to undermine university autonomy, or paves the path for government involvement in higher education. I am unable to sign any such thing.
The appointment of Priya Varghese, the wife of the Chief Minister’s personal secretary KK Ragesh, as a Malayalam Associate Professor at Kannur University was halted last week. He made this decision as Chancellor of state universities.But allegations against the Governor came into force.
Varghese had the lowest research score but received the highest marks in the interview and thus topped the selection process as an associate professor in the Malayalam Department of the university, which created a huge political tussle.
However, Higher Education Minister R Bindu stated that the state government was not involved in university appointments and that only the universities could do so in accordance with the regulations.