ABVP leader’s attack claim ‘overboard, bid for sympathy’: Hyderabad University to court

The affidavit says that the allegation that ABVP student leader was attacked “is a little overboard and the petitioner is only trying to generate sympathy of this Hon’ble Court.”

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Updated: January 21, 2016 8:06 am

In a counter-affidavit filed by the University of Hyderabad responding to a petition in the High Court by Nandanam Vinaya, mother of ABVP student leader N Susheel Kumar, the university said that the allegations made by Susheel Kumar that he was attacked — by a group of students including Rohith Vemula — “is a little overboard and the petitioner is only trying to generate sympathy of this Hon’ble Court”.

Filed by the Registrar (In-Charge) B Pandu Reddy on November 27, 2015, the counter-affidavit was in response to a writ petition filed on August 27 that sought to direct the respondent authorities — State of Telangana, DGP, Commissioner of Police, Station House Officer (Gachibowli), University of Hyderabad, Dean of Students Welfare and Union of India — to provide security to stop further threats and attacks on her son Susheel Kumar. And to punish the persons responsible for this attack.

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In his counter-affidavit, the university Registrar said he was well-acquainted with the facts of the case. “I have gone through the affidavit filed in support of the writ petition and I deny all the allegations made therein except those that are specifically admitted hereunder. The allegations made by the petitioner against the University and its officers (that they did not step in and help Kumar) are untrue and baseless. As per the facts revealed to us pursuant of the inquiry, the petitioner’s ward N Susheel Kumar, PhD student posed certain objectionable message on Facebook page commenting on the protest undertaken by student members belonging to Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) pursuant to hanging of Yakub Memon. A group of students intimidated by the comments of Susheel Kumar went to his room and questioned him. In the process, there was a heated argument between students belonging to ASA and ABVP which led to a scuffle.”

The affidavit says that the allegation that Susheel Kumar was attacked “is a little overboard and the petitioner is only trying to generate sympathy of this Hon’ble Court.” It added that since the scuffle was between two groups, “it has become all the more difficult for the University authorities to initiate immediate action as there have been accusations and counter accusations and involvement of politicians/elected representatives supporting their respective groups.’’

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The Registrar also submitted that, based on the interim report submitted by the Proctorial Board, the five students were issued a strong warning. Susheel Kumar was also given a strong warning. The Proctorial Board submitted its final report on September 7 recommending action against the five students and as per the resolution of the local Executive Council, they were suspended. The Registrar submitted that the University considered the representation of the five suspended students on September 10, and “considering the fact that the punishment would disentitle the students from receiving scholarship and the fact the suspended students are from an economically downtrodden background, the university revoked the suspension and referred the matter to the Executive Council.” Subsequently, on November 27, the Proctorial Board’s recommendation was accepted and the students were suspended.

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  1. H
    Jan 21, 2016 at 5:29 am
    Complain is not overboard, Definitely he was attacked because 5 students went to his room.
  2. S
    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:13 am
    Is conducting research not the prime objective of the post-grad programmes in Indian Universities ? If not , then we should stop discussing "Why are no Indian Universities in Top 200 or Top 500 of the World ?". Apart from IIM-B and IIT-B, I don't see any Indian University putting up a MooC (on Coursera/EdX), not even on regional strengths like Sanskrit,Hindi, Urdu, Ancient/Medevial/Modern History, Indian Political Framework, Indian Economy,Indian Music etc. Note that such MooC's are based on the Faculty's specialization,but the work is done mostly by the Grad Students under the Faculty .Therefore it reflects on the priorities ofthe Post Grad students in our universities ....
  3. S
    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:21 am
    Then why media and politicians blames Prof. Apparao Podile. Why Rohit did not mention any one in the suecide note. He say it is pathetic he did not care about him self. Thats why he is doing this. A brilliant science student and a CSIR Fellow has been driven to suicide by Student unions. All the student unions should be banned. There should be a CBI enquire in his death.
  4. K
    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:10 am
    Dalits must demand a Central University for themselves. Otherwise they will be at the mercy of Standard 12 persons like the HRD Minister controlling their lives.
  5. K
    Jan 21, 2016 at 12:13 am
    The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, and his equally uneducated cabinet colleagues are letting down India very badly. They have no education. They have no abilities to prevent the free-fall of India's economy. In the past India was fortunate to have such genius economists as Mr Manmohan Singh. But the 31% of the voters who brought the dokhla-bhai to power have created a huge problem for India. India must prepare itself for the next Lok Sabha elections. Send the selfie-chaser Gujjubhai back to selling chai and dokhla at the railway stations. India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media. Is is purely disgusting. Even the political leaders of Nepal and Maldives are too dignified to run after the goras for selfies.
  6. J
    Jaywant Nitturkar
    Feb 1, 2016 at 4:27 am
    It is a shame that a publication founded by a patriot like Goenka is now peddling anti-national ideology...does the editors of I.E. think it is justifiable for anyone, especially those in soles of Indian government to openly support convicted terrorist who was convicted by Supreme Court for killing 250 innocent People? Thugs belonging to Rohit's organization attacked people who simply questioned why he was supporting terrorists and attacking fellow students...and it seems that for I.E., this is fine?
  7. J
    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:39 am
    let's end campus politics at any cost....
  8. N
    Jan 21, 2016 at 1:45 am
    That is why there is a demand for beef ban as it is cannot be digested by PIGS. Lord Modi whose name alone sends shivers down your spine is so influential that he has made you swines fight among yourselves and has made a world difficult for you PIGS to have a place in the world to hide in.
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