The government on Thursday gave permission to prosecute them and five others in connection with the controversial appointments to Kerala University Assistant Grade-II posts in 2008. The Crime Branch will now file a chargesheet in court against the accused, under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, said a TNIE report.
According to sources, the sanction for prosecution was given by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on the directions of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
The seven accused are: Kerala University former Vice Chancellor Dr MK Ramachandran Nair, former Pro Vice Chancellor V Jayaprakash, former Registrar KA Hashim and syndicate members A A Rasheed, B S Rajeev, K A Andrews and N V Russel.
The government, before giving formal sanction, referred the matter to the Governor, the Chancellor of the University.
The Governor, after receiving legal advice, informed the Government that the accused do not come under the definition of "public servants" and it could take "appropriate action" in the matter.