Rohith Vemula Suicide: Former HC Judge Roopanwal To Head Probe Panel

29/01/2016 9:05 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 18: Police detain the activists of various student organisations including KYS, SFI, AISA, SDPI and BAPSA during a protest outside HRD Ministry Office at Shashtri Bhawan demanding the resignation of the Hyderabad University vice-chancellor over the suicide of a Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula on January 18, 2016 in New Delhi, India. 26-year-old Vemula, a second-year research scholar of science, technology and society studies department at Hyderabad University, was found hanging in his friend’s hostel room on Sunday night. He, along with four Dalit research scholars, was expelled from the University of Hyderabad 12 days ago over alleged fight with another student group. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The HRD Ministry has appointed former Allahabad High Court judge Ashok Kumar Roopanwal to probe circumstances leading to suicide of dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad which led to a massive outrage across the country.

Senior HRD ministry officials said that Justice (retd) Roopanwal will review the entire sequence of events, the circumstances and establish facts and correctives in connection with the incident.

The one-man judicial commission will submit its report within 3 months, it is learnt.

Earlier, a fact-finding committee constituted by the ministry had submitted its report on the events in the university after which it was decided that a judicial commission will be set up to look into the matter.

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