Even as the challenge against the government order constituting a committee to inquire allegations against Anna University Vice-Chancellor MK Surappa is pending, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has observed that the issue needs to be sorted out of the court for the sake of students and not through litigation.
Leading the bench, Justice Kirubakaran also noted that the court was concerned with the impact of the litigation on the education system in the State, the interest of student community in over 566 colleges affiliated to the prestigious university, the public office of Vice-Chancellor and the State government as a fall out of the litigation.
Advocate General Vijay Narayan vehemently opposed the impleading plea on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction and said the V-C had resorted to forum shopping by filing the case in Madurai instead of going before the principal seat. He added that it was a service matter and thus could not be heard as a PIL. However, the bench admitted the PIL and the impleading petition, and adjourned the matter for further hearing to December 9.