Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday granted an interim stay on the suspension of former Nagpur University senate member Mohan Bajpayee.
The 3-time ex-senator was completely suspended by vice-chancellor Subhash Chaudhari on 8 August for reasons such as the illegal award of contracts to MKCL and other firms, such as speaking to the media about senate discussions and questioning various controversial decisions of the NU administration.
Mohan Bajpayee had also invited the VC’s anger by questioning his alleged role in saving the NU Hindi department head in the harassment case of two Ph.D. students.
On August 31, it was reported that how Bajpayee had been allegedly targeted by VC and pro-VC Sanjay Dudhe. Because of his disqualification, he was completely unable to file his nomination for the upcoming Senate election for the graduates’ constituency on 30 November. Soon after the High Court order, Mohan Bajpayee filed his nomination on behalf of Vidapeeth Sangram Parishad.
Taking on record the concession granted by the University
“We appreciate the concession given by NU, but cannot at all be oblivious to the prima facie observations and conclusions filed on Wednesday. There is nothing that has been shown to us by the counsel for NU that these prima facie observations and conclusions are absolutely wrong, And that is more than what has been argued before this Court by the counsel for the petitioner, Uday Dastane,” a division bench of Justice Sunil Shukre and Justice Anil Pansare said this.
Earlier also, NU’s counsel SS Ghate had pointed out that NU had no objection if the petitioner filed his nomination form for the Senate elections. They have also argued that there is absolutely no need for any interim stay on the order dated August 12, when the purpose of the petitioner is also being served.
Taking on record the concession granted by the University, We direct that NU’s order of August 8 shall have an interim stay in effect and operation, provided that the result of the election of its Senate member shall be subject to the final outcome of this petition. The bench said before adjourning the hearing till the date of November 28.