Patna: The Patna High Court on Saturday issued notices to Governor Devanand Konwar and the Vice-Chancellor of Patna University on a writ petition challenging the latter's appointment without consultation with the state government.

Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi passed the order on the writ petition filed by a student leader, Mukesh Kumar Singh, and others.

The judge issued the notices to Konwar, who is also the Chancellor of universities in Bihar, and Patna University's Vice-Chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh, asking them to explain their position in the matter.

In the petition, the petitioners alleged that Konwar, vide an order dated August 8, 2011, had appointed Singh as the Vice-Chancellor of Patna University without holding consultations with the state government as was required under the provisions of Patna University Act.