Boğaziçi academics apply to top court over Erdoğan-appointed rector

Over 70 academics at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University have applied to the Council of State for a reversal of the appointment of a government loyalist rector at the prestigious higher learning institute, Birgün newspaper reported on Monday.

The decision by the academics follows months of protests over the appointment of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) linked Melih Bulu as rector to Turkey’s top university in January. 

Boğaziçi instructors have joined the protests that have spilled outside campus while urging for Bulu’s resignation.

The appointment of the new rector of Boğaziçi “violates constitutional principles and the law,’’ the petition submitted toTurkey's highest administrative body said, while pointing to Bulu’s political past and lack of credentials for the position.

Bulu, who was a founding member of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Sarıyer district branch in Istanbul and worked as deputy chairman at AKP’s Istanbul provincial chapter, has refused to step down amid protests entering their third month this week.

Nine people, mostly university students, remain in pre-trial detention and 31 others under house arrest for participating in peaceful protests following the appointment of Bulu.