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Panel Probing Rohit Vemula’s Death Concludes Personal Reason Behind Suicide

The inquiry commission report, submitted to the HRD ministry last year, gave a clean chit to then HRD minister Smriti Irani and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya of any wrong doing in the death of Rohit Vemula.

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Updated:August 16, 2017, 11:36 PM IST
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Panel Probing Rohit Vemula’s Death Concludes Personal Reason Behind Suicide
File photo of protests after Rohith's death.
New Delhi: The one man judicial commission appointed by the central government to look into the circumstances around the death of University of Hyderabad scholar Rohit Vemula on Wednesday came out with a report stating that he had committed suicide due to personal reasons.

The Commission under retired Allahabad high court judge A K Roopanwal also said that Vemula was not Dalit.

Set up by the human resource development ministry, the commission report said, as quoted by PTI, "Vemula was a troubled individual and was unhappy for several reasons."

The inquiry commission report, submitted to the HRD ministry last year, gave a clean chit to then HRD minister Smriti Irani and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya of any wrongdoing in the death.

Academic scholar and Dalit rights activist Kancha Ilaiah alleged that the report has been written to present the government's version of the story.

"What surprises me is that what the then HRD minister Smriti Irani had said about Vemula's death is what forms the content of the report. We would have taken it more seriously if Irani would have then said that 'look we do not know what happened and we are constituting an enquiry to know about it'," Ilaiah told PTI, adding, "What the minister wanted to say is all what has been written in the report."

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said he has been demanding a probe in the matter by a sitting Supreme Court judge for the truth to come out, asking "what can a retired judge say when the government has already made up its mind?"

Congress' Rajeev Gowda also slammed the report saying it was a "sham".

"It insults the memory of Vemula and the tragedy of his suicide. He was driven to death by mistreatment, harassment by varsity and intervention of central ministers into the issue," he told PTI.

Vemula hanged himself in a hostel room on January 17 last year as he was allegedly upset over disciplinary action taken against him by the University of Hyderabad.

His death had kicked up a controversy over the action against him that was alleged to have been prompted by complaints by BJP leaders.

(With PTI inputs)

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