'Appoint Ex-judge to Probe Torture at PU'

Rights group alleges panel is not undertaking fair investigation

Published: 10th June 2014 09:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2014 09:21 AM   |  A+A-

PUDUCHERRY: Secretary of the Federation of People’s Rights K Sugumaran has sought an enquiry by a retired High Court judge into the alleged detention and torture of a Tamil Department student of the Pondicherry University by faculty members and security officials.

Charging the high-level committee with not undertaking a fair probe, he said the committee so formed to probe the incident was trying to absolve the faculty members of the serious charges by giving a clean chit to them. The probe report is expected to be tabled in the university council meeting, he added.

Kalapet police have registered cases under various sections of IPC against the head of the Academic Staff College and Dean-in-charge professor Hariharan and  others Bhushan Sudhagar, Shyam and Gunasekaran for allegedly detaining Tamil Department student S Radhakrishnan and torturing him after having falsely accused him of entering the girls’ hostel.

Sugumaran sought also a through probe into the recent appointments by the Pondicherry University flouting norms and rules. He pointed out that despite the allegations, one of the faculty members, Hariharan had been appointed as the coordinator of the University Grants Commission - National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) exam2014 by the Pondicherry University.

He said the Vice-Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy was yet to give her nod to CBI, which had sought permission to prosecute Hariharan with regard to a case of affiliation of a Chennai College a few years back.

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