Restraining order against UGC, University heads extended

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Court of Appeal yesterday extended till August 05, 2011, the restraining order, issued earlier, against the University Grants Commission, the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, and the Heads of Departments, of the Ruhuna, Wayamba and Sri Jayewardenepura Universities.

The stay order restrained the UGC the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellors, from accepting the letters of resignation submitted by the Heads of Department. The same stay order restrained the Heads of Departments from submitting letters of resignation and keeping away from official duties.

Groups of students from the three universities had complained to the Court of Appeal that the Heads of Department handed over letters of resignation, and kept away from academic functions and thereby, the academic work of the undergrads had been interrupted. They requested the Court to prohibit the authorities from accepting the letter of resignation.

The Bench comprised Justices Sriskandarajah and Nalin Perera.

Faiz Mustapha, PC and Sanjeewa Jayawardena appeared of the petitioner students.

M. A. Sumanthiran appeared for the Heads of Department.

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