Kalady Sanskrit University has got itself into another controversy following the issues surrounding MB Rajesh’s wife Ninitha Kanicheri’s alleged illicit appointment. The current issue surrounds the appointment of Dr Sangeetha Thiruval in the Dheevara community reservation seat. The allegation is that the authorities appointed her following the suggestions of the CPM district committee, which was acting, on the recommendations of the Paravoor area committee.
On September 22, 2019, CPM Paravoor area secretary TR Bose wrote a letter to the district committee, with all the official flourishes, including the seal and the letter pad, reports a media organisation. The letter asks the DC secretary to the needful as “Dr Sangeetha Thiruval had been called to an interview for the post of assistant professor at the Malayalam department in the Kalady Sanskrit University”.
However, authorities have claimed that there was nothing unnatural about Sangeetha’s appointment as she had scored the highest score among all the interview candidates. However, the same claim has also been made for Ninitha, but three subject expert members of the interview panel had rejected that notion. They wrote to Vice-Chancellor PK Dharmarajan claiming that the rank list had been overturned to appoint Ninitha to the post when there were two other qualified candidates.
Moreover, the Save University Campaign committee has also written to the Governor, alleging that the other members of the interview panel had given Ninitha more marks to counter the subject experts’ decision. The committee has asked the Governor to temporarily keep the VC aside and conduct a detailed probe into the appointments made in the last few years.
Meanwhile, MB Rajesh had dismissed all allegations claiming that the “subject experts had politicised the matter” and there had been external forces at play “trying to pressure Ninitha from not taking the job”. The former CPM MP claimed that “they [subject experts]” had sent the complaint to Ninitha asking her not to attend the interview as if she did the complaint would be made public. TWhen that failed, they tried to raise questions about her PhD, and now they have written to the VC challenging the appointment. “As elections are nearing, the people are trying to politicise the issue for their political gains,” Rajesh had said.