LDF stages walkout over removal of University VC
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Last Updated: Monday, October 24, 2011, 13:18
  
Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M)-led LDF Opposition in Kerala on Monday staged a walkout in the Assembly alleging that the government violated rules and procedures while removing senior IAS officer B Ashok from the post of Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala Veterinary and Agriculture Science University.

Replying to a notice for an adjournment motion on the issue, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy refuted the opposition charge and said Ashok's service as Vice-Chancellor was withdrawn on administrative grounds adhering to rules and procedures.

Chandy also said government decision has nothing to do with Ashok's writing an article in which he had criticised the Chief Secretary of the state.

Seeking leave for the motion, CPI leader C Divakaran alleged that Ashok, who was appointed as the University's first Vice Chancellor in January last, was removed unceremoniously for writing an article criticising certain IAS officers close to the government.

Divakaran also said Ashok had said in his article that he had not received any salary since he joined as Vice-Chancellor.

Before staging the walkout, Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan said that the UDF government was flouting academic rules and procedures and there was no justification in removing Ashok from the post of Vice-Chancellor.

PTI


First Published: Monday, October 24, 2011, 13:18


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