SHC reserves verdict in petition against SU VC

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday reserved its verdict on two separate petitions regarding reappointment of Nazir A Mughal, as vice-chancellor of the Sindh University.

A division bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar extended its stay order, restraining vice-chancellor SU from taking major decisions, which include appointments, promotions and postings till further orders.

The bench heard the arguments from both sides at length and reserved pronouncement of verdict to a date later be fixed the court office.

One constitutional petition was filed by Nauman Sahito, a lawyer, who challenged the reappointment of Mughal. However, second petition was filed by Nazir A Mughal against the Sindh Universities Laws Amendment Act 2013.

Sahito, represented by advocate Zamir Ghumro said that Mughal was appointed VC on an ad-hoc basis without adopting the prescribed procedure laid down in relevant laws. He said that present incumbent had been appointed VC even without the advice of the chief minister, which was obligatory under Article 105 of the constitution.

He said that Mughal was over 75 years and was not physically and mentally fit to hold the position of the VC, and prayed to the court to declare the VC’s appointment as illegal.

Mughal in his petition stated that government has reduced the qualification required for the appointment on the post of VC and it was inviting applications for the post of VCs of five public universities in order to appoint a person of its own choice.

“My tenure would expire on January 8, 2016, after a two-year extension by the Sindh governor but the government wanted to remove me from the post under the garb of Sindh Universities Laws Amendment Act 2013”, he added.

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