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Vice-Chancellor, M D University, Rohtak v Jahan Singh

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If law does not provide for it, administrative authority cannot give delegated legislation any retrospective effect. Even if the benefit is a general one and applicable to all, it will be illegal and arbitrary because when the application is routed through the University it cannot be termed as "invitation". In this case, the Executive Council of the University has amended a regulation to the effect that the word "invitation" would include even when offer is made by a foreign university on application of a teacher and in such case he will be entitled for increments for the period of his absence. With this case, the SC has also given the power to tap its door when rules are found to be vague. Thus, if a rule made by the administrative authority does not lay down the date from which it will come into effect, it can be challenged on the ground of vagueness.

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