Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa should oversee the appointment of a City University committee to investigate the controversy over the sacking of law lecturers to ensure its impartiality, university academics said this week. A group set up by lecturers concerned about the sackings at the school of law said Mr Tung, who is the university's chancellor, was in the best position to appoint such a committee. University president Professor Chang Hsin-kang announced last Wednesday that he would recommend - during the University Council meeting on Monday - an independent committee be set up to investigate the decision. This comes after the university's appeal committee's move last month on the sackings following complaints that the dismissals were racially motivated. Three sacked law lecturers reinstated on one-year contracts will have their terms extended to two years, while four others will still finish at the end of the academic year. The seven lecturers are Chinese and South Asian. The committee concluded that there were 'procedural and other flaws in the evaluation process' of the school staffing committee, including a lack of performance feedback to the sacked lecturers. It found that staffing committee members had no Chinese language or law skills. All four members of the committee, headed by Dean of Law Professor Michael McConville, were native English-speakers who could not understand Chinese. Dr John Mo Shijian, associate professor at the School of Law, who had his contract increased to two years, said Professor Chang hailed the appeal committee's decision as fair and said no one should be held responsible. 'He has obviously taken sides in the episode and he is not [in a position] to appoint the independent committee,' Dr Mo said. Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, associate professor at the school of law, cast doubt on the impartiality of council chairman Norman Leung Nai-pang - who in November denied the sackings were prompted by racism. But Mak Hoi-wah, an elected council member and assistant professor in the social studies department, said the council - as the university's supreme governing body - was in the best position to appoint the committee. A spokeswoman for the Chief Executive's Office said it had received the letter from the academics but Mr Tung had not yet decided whether to accept their request.