16, Feb 2016
All three top Telangana officers and acting vice-chancellor of Hyderabad University appeared before the National Commission for Scheduled Castes Commission on Monday and submitted reports on action they have taken following the suicide of Rohith Vemula.
By: Express News Service | Updated: February 16, 2016 4:02 am
Days after National Commission for Scheduled Castes summoned officials in the case of suicide of Rohith Vemula, Chief Secretary of Telangana; officiating Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad, Principal Secretary Social Welfare Department, Telangana; Police Commissioner of Cyberabad; Deputy Commissioner of Police and investigating officer in the case, all three top Telangana officers and the officiating vice-chancellor of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) appeared before the National Commission for Scheduled Castes Commission in Delhi on Monday and submitted reports on action they have taken following the suicide of PhD scholar Rohith Vemula.
Commission chairman P L Punia said the officers were told about the way they are conducting the investigation. “They have not taken the statement of Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, who was named in the FIR. They informed me that besides releasing Rs 1.77 lakh of Vemula’s pending scholarship, his family has also been given Rs 8 lakh as financial assistance and another Rs 2.58 lakh under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act,” Punia said.
With the Guntur DM seeking 15 more days to submit report on Vemula’s caste, the next hearing has been scheduled for March 11.