Thiruvananthapuram: The ongoing tussle between Vice-Chancellor P.K. Radhakrishnan and the syndicate members has turned murky with the VC alleging on Friday that CPM syndicate member A.A. Rahim had given a death threat against him. However, Mr Rahim dismissed the allegation saying that he had not met the VC recently or contacted him over the phone. The academic council scheduled for April 1 has been postponed after the VC made it clear that he would convene the meeting only after the government provided him protection.
Mr Rahim told DC that he would take legal action against the VC on the allegations. There were CCTV cameras in the VC’s chamber and also in the corridors. Meanwhile, the VC submitted a complaint to DGP Loknath Behra seeking police protection. He also petitioned CM Pinarayi Vijayan and education minister C. Raveendranath seeking the removal of Mr Rahim, who is a nominated syndicate member. The VC also informed Governor P. Sathasivam, who is the chancellor of the university, about the threat.