Panel questions Vemula being Dalit, ‘exonerates’ V-C in suicide case

An investigation committee that looked into the suicide of University of Hyderabad scholar Rohith Vemula has concluded that the administration and its vice-chancellor P Appa Rao cannot be held responsible for his death, according to sources in the HRD ministry.
Rohith Vemula’s death in January led to a wave of protests against the NDA government and then HRD minister Smriti Irani.(HT File Photo)
Rohith Vemula’s death in January led to a wave of protests against the NDA government and then HRD minister Smriti Irani.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2016 07:55 AM IST
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Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi


An investigation committee that looked into the suicide of University of Hyderabad scholar Rohith Vemula has concluded that the administration and its vice-chancellor P Appa Rao cannot be held responsible for his death, according to sources in the HRD ministry.

“The report has exonerated the authorities and the vice-chancellor,” the source said.

Vemula’s death in January led to a wave of protests against the NDA government and then HRD minister Smriti Irani. Agitating students said Vemula had been pushed to suicide by a suspension ordered by the V-C upon a prodding from Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya.

The probe by former Allahabad HC judge Ashok Kumar Roopanwal has also reportedly raised questions about Vemula being a Dalit, sources said. The HRD ministry did not confirm that the report has been submitted and refused to comment on the issue.

Roopanwal’s report was expected on August 1 but it was ostensibly delayed over fears that it may have derail the Parliament session.

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