LHC stops University of Agriculture Faisalabad acting VC from working

LAHORE:August 10: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday stopped University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan from functioning and ordered its Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal to take control of the varsity’s affairs. Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah was hearing a petition of Prof Dr Sarwar challenging the appointment of acting-VC at the university for being illegal. The petitioner through his counsel argued that the law did not permit appointment of acting VC in the absence of a regular one. He said under the law Pro-VC was supposed to run affairs of the university till appointment of the permanent VC. The counsel pointed out that the respondent, Prof Dr Khan, had already held the office of the VC twice. The university’s legal adviser told the court that the chancellor/governor had the power to appoint any professor as acting-VC to look after administrative affairs. The counsel pointed out that the chancellor could exercise such power but in the absence of Pro-VC. He reiterated that the appointment of acting-VC was clearly in violation of the law. Issuing an interim order, Chief Justice restrained the respondent acting-VC from functioning and entrusted the charge to Pro-VC. The CJ observed that the acting-VC would neither preside over syndicate meeting nor take any administrative decision. CJ Shah adjourned hearing for a week and asked the chancellor to decide the matter of appointment of a permanent VC of the university or the interim charge given to Pro-VC. Hearing another petition, the chief justice sought a reply from the Punjab government regarding progress in the appointment of a permanent PU VC . Prof Dr Zaid Mahmood filed a petition questioning unnecessary delay in appointment of the regular VC of PU and eligibility of acting-VC Prof Dr Zafar Moen. A law officer told the court that the process for the appointment of the VC was in process.The news.

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