HRD Ministry refuses RTI plea for sharing report on Rohith Vemula’s death

Replying to an RTI query, the ministry had said that the file concerned was �under submission� and a copy of the report cannot be provided.

HRD Ministry refuses RTI plea for sharing report on Rohith Vemula’s death

An RTI appeal which sought the Panel's report on the death of research scholar Rohith Vemula from the University of Hyderabad has been refused by the Human Resource Development Ministry.

Replying to an RTI query, the ministry had said that the file concerned was “under submission” and a copy of the report cannot be provided.

“As such, I do not find any infirmity with the reply of the Central Public Information Officer (given earlier) and your appeal stands disposed of as far as the answering Appellate Authority is concerned,” the HRD Ministry said in reply to the appeal filed by PTI.


In February last year, the HRD Ministry had appointed a Commission of Inquiry under Justice (retired) Ashok Kumar Roopanwal to look into the events at University of Hyderabad.

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 months of its formation.

When the panel submitted its report to the Ministry, media reports claimed that the Commission had raised questions on Vemula’s Dalit status and attributed his suicide to personal reasons.

Vemula’s suicide in January 2016 had triggered a huge political furore with the former HRD Minister Smriti Irani, along with Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya who had written a letter to the former related to the matter.

“If you are not satisfied with this reply, you may like to prefer the second appeal before Central Information Commission,” the Appellate Authority said.

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