Madras High Court nullified the Centre’s order of cancelling the appointment of 31 Professors in Indian Maritime University (IMU) 2012-13 stating that the candidates were appointed on the basis of their eligibility and through fair selection procedure. Also, the court commanded IMU to offer the candidates continuity of service and other benefits except back wages.
On September 2012, IMU notified 63 professors and associate/assistant professors Posts. 33 Candidates were selected after document verification and interviews held over phone/skype. After the executive council approved their selection, two candidates declined to accept the offer. A total of 19 candidates joined on 31 March 2013, which was the original date set for joining. Other had quit their jobs from abroad and within the country to join the IMU.
Observing allegations of irregularities in the recruitment, the Centre formed Captain Mohan Committee in February 2013 to investigate the issue. The committee gave a report recommending "review of the entire selection process" acknowledging that it was only a preliminary exercise, the committee asked IMU to carry out a detailed study.
Court in its verdict said that, qualification and eligibility were considered and taken note of both by the selection committee and executive council. It is not in dispute that all the 31 candidates were selected after the interview. As for telephone/skype interviews, the judge said there was neither any fraud nor procedural violation in the method. Hence, the services of those professors who are working as on date should be continued. As for those who were working and then not permitted to work following 'termination' orders, should be given continuity of service from the date of the termination orders, apart from consequential benefits, except the back wages.