Vacation Judge Justice Ravi Malimath refusing to give any interim relief to Prof K S Rangappa, Vice Chancellor, University of Mysore, has asked him to appear before the Privileges Committee of the Legislative Council in Bengaluru on May 30.
Prof Rangappa, has come under the scanner for allegedly committing breach of privilege of the Legislature by not taking approval of the Legislative Assembly and Council for the different statutes constituted by the UoM and KSOU.
Prof Rangappa was first summoned by the committee in January, after a privilege motion was moved by MLCs Arun Shahapur and Ganesh Karnik against UoM and KSOU on November 11, 2015.
Despite repeatedly being summoned, he has reportedly failed to appear before the Committee, which is probing into the reported violations by UoM and KSOU.
Meanwhile, Prof Rangappa claimed the constitution of the privilege committee headed by MLC G Madhusudhan is arbitrary. “Madhusudhan being a complainant and having raised several allegations against me cannot be allowed to head the committee.”
It may be recalled that the privilege committee of the Karnataka Legislative Council had decided to issue arrest warrants against Rangappa for having failed to appear before the Committee, which is probing into the reported violations by UoM and KSOU. The Legislative Council Secretary V Sreesh, on April 29, issued a final notice to both Prof Rangappa and former KSOU VC Prof M G Krishnan to appear before the committee without fail, at 11 am on May 4 to which he did not attend, instead furnished a medical certificate seeking to be excused.
Prof Rangappa has been accused of not following the statutes framed by KSOU before both Houses of the Legislature