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Supreme Court turns down Tamil Nadu prof’s petition, Senior Advocate Wilson pitches for SC regional benches

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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to intervene in the Special Leave Petition filed by Assistant Professor C.R. Senthilkumar who was sent on deputation from Annamalai university to Alagappa Chettiar College in 2017 for a 3-year period. 

The bench of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant, however, permitted the petitioner to make a representation to accommodate on vacancies in Annamalai University which arise due to retirement /death and when made, to pass orders in the said representation.

The SLP was filed against the order of the Madras High Court Division Bench which had upheld the order of the single-judge bench. Senthilkumar contended before the High Court that the Annamalai University will have to re-post him in their university as several others including his juniors have already been re-posted there.  

In 2013, the Tamil Nadu government took over the Annamalai University by Act 2013 when there were serious allegations of mismanagement. The Government-appointed administrator found that there were more than 13,000 excess teaching and non-teaching staff. 

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Thereupon in 2017, thousands of teachers and non-teaching staff were sent on deputation to various colleges for three years which was extended by another two years by two Government Orders. The High Court refused to entertain the order of deputation passed in 2017. 

The Supreme Court today after hearing arguments of Senior Advocate P. Wilson, appearing for the petitioner, observed that the government has graciously allowed excess staff in permanent jobs and refused to interfere but gave the abovesaid liberty.

After the hearing was over, Wilson with the leave of the bench made an appeal to the bench that virtual courts be continued for miscellaneous days till the constitution of Regional Benches of the Supreme Court

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Wilson said, “I could see the diversity before your lordship.”

Justice Chandrachud responded, “Yes Yes. It’s pleasure to have you here.”

Case Name- CR Senthikumar Vs The Registrar Annamalai University 

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