BU’s shame:court ‘fails’ registrar

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday struck down the appointment of controversial academic B.C. Mylarappa aka Chickkamelurappa as Registrar of Bangalore University.

A bench, headed by Justice N. Kum­ar, qua­shed Mr Mylarappa’s appointment while allowing a PIL filed against him and other appointing authorities.

The court took the state government to task, saying it had neither applied its mind, nor considered relevant records while appointing Mr Mylarappa to the key post.

The petitioners, P.M. Parameshwaramurthy and three others, had approached the court, alleging that Mr Mylarappa is guilty of several offences, including plagiarism, and that he is not qualified even for a lecturer’s post.

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday struck down the appointment of controversial academic B.C. Myla­rappa alias Chickkam­el­urappa as Registrar of Bangalore University. A bench, headed by Justice N. Kumar, quashed the Mr Mylarappa’s appointment, while allowing a PIL filed against him and other appointing authorities.

The court took the state government to task, saying it had neither applied its mind nor considered records while appointing Mr Mylarappa.

The petitioners, P.M. Par­a­­meshwaramurthy and three others, had approa­ched the court, alleging that Mr Mylarappa is guilty of offences, including plagiarism, and that he is not qualified even to be a lecture.

The court rejected to stay its earlier order after the Mr Mylarappa’s advocate moved an application for a stay order in view of his client deciding to challenge it bef­ore SC.

The court observed that Mr Mylarappa is unfit to be the registrar and allowing him to continue in the post even for a day would lower the dignify of the instituion. “The order of quashing the appointment of BU Registrar is ordered forthwith (from Wednesday),” the court said.

The petitioners alleged that Mr Mylarappa was involved in plagiarism while acting as a Ph.D guide and allowed one of his students to copy portion of his work for the thesis. “Plagiarism is a shameful act and a teacher allowing his student to do so is worst of its kind,” the court said.

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