Centre Refuses To Make Probe Report Public On Rohith Vemula 

10 Oct, 2016 10:26 IST|Sakshi
A commission of Inquiry under Justice (retired) Ashok Kumar Roopanwal was set up to probe the events

New Delhi: The Centre has declined to make public a panel's report on the death of Hyderabad University research scholar Rohith Vemula.

"The file concerned is under submission. Therefore, copy of report cannot be provided at this point of time," Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry said in reply to an RTI query.

The HRD Ministry had in February appointed a Commission of Inquiry under Justice (retired) Ashok Kumar Roopanwal to look into the events at the University of Hyderabad, culminating in the death of Vemula.

Vemula’s suicide had triggered a huge political furore with the then HRD Minister Smriti Irani coming under attack along with Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya for having written a letter related to the matter

It was also tasked with reviewing the existing grievance redressal mechanism for students at the university and to suggest improvements. The Commission was asked to submit its report within three-month time.

Recent media reports have claimed that the Commission has raised questions on Vemula's Dalit status and attributed his suicide to personal reasons. University authorities too have been absolved of any blame for Vemula's death as the Commission has held that they were not working under political pressure, the reports said.

Vemula's suicide had triggered a huge political furore with the then HRD Minister Smriti Irani coming under attack along with Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya for having written a letter related to the matter.

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