No illegality in appointing Ananth as IIT Director: Madras HC
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 23:22
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 Ananth."

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 IIT-M.

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 administrative experience.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 23:22

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