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Hyderabad scholar's suicide: HRD orders judicial inquiry

The Fact-finding Committee Constituted By The HRD Submitted Its Observations And Findings On January 22, On The Basis Of Which The Ministry Has Decided To Constitute A Judicial Commission Of Inquiry.

PTI | Updated on: 22 Jan 2016, 04:31:52 PM

New Delhi :

The suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vermula took a new turn after the ministry of human resource development on Friday ordered a judicial inquiry into the circumstances leading to the death on the basis of the report of the fact-finding committee.

The fact-finding committee constituted by the HRD submitted its observations and findings on January 22, on the basis of which the ministry has decided to constitute a judicial commission of inquiry.

It is learnt the the panel spoke to a cross section of stakeholders including 70-80 individuals, including students, academicians and others during its Hyderabad visit.

The report, sources said, would dwell on the role of the University authorities, who have been blamed for the suicide, and systemic aspects to ensure such incidents do not recur.

The HRD ministry had earlier this week constituted the two-member fact-finding team comprising Shakila T Shamsu, OSD and a Deputy Secretary-level officer Surat Singh to look into the suicide of dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula at Hyderabad Central University which has set off a political storm.

The suicide smowballed in to a huge controversy and political slugfest over it has been continuing.

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First Published : 22 Jan 2016, 04:26:00 PM