Vemulas Say Irani Lied in Parl, Insist on SIT Probe into Rohith's Death

Rohith Vemula’s mother on Friday accused HRD Minister Smriti Irani of misleading the nation and Parliament over Rohith’s death.

Published: 27th February 2016 05:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th February 2016 05:06 AM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Rohith Vemula’s mother on Friday accused HRD Minister Smriti Irani of misleading the nation and Parliament over Rohith’s death and said “life imprisonment” would not be enough for Irani and others “responsible” for his death.

Demanding a SIT probe into Rohith’s suicide, Radhika Vemula said Irani had lied multiple times in Parliament. Referring to her remarks in Lok Sabha claiming the committee which acted against Rohith had a Dalit representative and doctors were not allowed to revive him, Rohith’s brother Raja said Irani’s statement was a “blatant lie”, asserting he had reached the campus by 8.30 pm and saw police and doctors near Rohith’s body.

“The BJP will be decimated to the ground if Modi does not address the issues,” Radhika told reporters. Rohith’s friend Prashant, who was also expelled from Hyderabad Central University, cited minutes of the varsity’s Executive Council meeting, claiming action had been taken against them “in response” to communication from HRD Ministry to disallow the students to continue academic activities. He said Irani must be punished for misleading the nation and giving a false statement in Parliament which was “an offence” under the Constitution.

He also wondered why in her speech she did not mention Rohith’s December 18 letter to V-C Appa Rao where he had sought “a rope or sodium azide” to be given to Dalit students if the university did not want them. “This stands as a crucial testimony. Why is Irani hiding the letter?” Prashanth asked. Radhika said Rao never communicated to her about that letter nor had he meet her till date. Responding to a query on the family’s caste, Raja said, “I was born a Dalit, raised as a Dalit, I suffered discrimination as a Dalit and now there are doubts being raised on whether Rohith was Dalit. My grandmother testified and died after all the pressure that was put on her. How many from my family should die before we get justice?”

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