Chennai: Madras High Court on Tuesday held there was no illegality in the appointment of M S Ananth to the post of Director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here.
Setting aside a single Judge order quashing Ananth`s
reappointment as Director in December 2006, a Division Bench
comprising Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice V Dhanapalan
said "in the present case, as we find that a full deliberation
was made by the competent Selection Committee, the Council and
other authorities, and approval made from the Ministry of
Human Resources Development through its Education Department,
we find no illegality in the matter of appointment of Dr M S
The Bench pointed out that since 1962 all Councils of
IITs consistently followed the guidelines laid down under the
IIT Act in the appointment of Directors.
On December 23, 2008, Justice K Chandru allowing a quo
warranto petition filed by IIT-M alumnus E Muralidharan
questioning Ananth`s authority to continue in the post of
Director, quashed the appointment of Ananth holding that the
appointment was in violation of the IIT Act.
The Judge held that it had been made without publishing
any advertisement and had not been by the Full Council of the
Narrating the selection process, the bench said,
suggestions for candidature were first invited from various
sources, then the candidates were shortlisted based on several
criteria like qualification, professional competence and