The new Legislative Council should not conduct a fresh inquiry into the polling controversy because of the risk it would be politicised, said Hong Kong University council chairman Yang Ti Liang. Mr Yang, also an Executive Councillor, said the university's own inquiry, chaired by retired judge Mr Justice Noel Power, had been impartial. He was responding to groups, including the university's student union, who have been calling for an inquiry by the new Legco. 'I don't think so. It's always the perception, at least, that there will be political elements creeping into it,' he said. The university panel investigated claims by pollster Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu in the South China Morning Post that he was told the Chief Executive was unhappy with his surveys on the Government's popularity. Student union chairwoman Gloria Chang Wan-ki said: 'The university's panel failed to tackle the core issue - whether there is political interference in academic freedom. Tung Chee-hwa should also come out to make a clarification.' Former Democrat legislator Cheung Man-kwong said a Legco inquiry was justified by Mr Tung's refusal to attend the university inquiry. 'I do not agree a Legco inquiry would politicise the issue. The issue is whether Tung Chee-hwa asked for the polls conducted by Robert Chung to be stopped. It concerns whether academic freedom was interfered with by political forces. It is a political issue.' The panel's report could be made public as soon as Friday. The university issued a statement saying Mr Yang had issued a circular yesterday informing council members that he had received the report. He told them that in view of the urgency of the matter and many requests for the issue to be considered as soon as possible, he had decided to bring forward an extraordinary meeting of the council from next Wednesday to Friday. Mr Yang will ask the council to agree to make the report public.