Gujarat Universitys Vice-Chancellor Parimal Trivedi,who has been facing arrest for alleged caste slur on a colleague,on Tuesday surrendered before the city police,which arrested him. Trivedi was later released on bail by the metropolitan magistrates court.
The SC/ST cell of the city police had said a day earlier that Trivedi was avoiding arrest and had gone into hiding.
On Tuesday,Trivedis family members reportedly informed the SC/ST cell that he was at Tarunanagar on Gurukul Road. A police team arrested Trivedi from there at 9 am.
DySP K R Bhuva,who is in-charge of the SC/ST cell,said,Trivedis son called us up saying his father was back in Ahmedabad and the police could take him in custody. Trivedi was taken to the Metropolitan Court where he was given bail. We have questioned him several times but he had all along denied having made casteist remarks.
Trivedi was arrested in connection with a case filed by Pankaj Shrimali,head of the history department at L & C Mehta Arts College,in May 2008. Shrimali had alleged that the V-C had passed casteist remarks against him when he confronted him for removing him as deputy coordinator of the universitys central assessment committee.
Alleging police inaction,Shrimali had moved the High Court in March 2011 seeking directions to the police to finish the probe,arrest the accused and file a chargesheet.
Following an HC order in January this year,the SC/ST cell had questioned Trivedi on January 24.
Shrimali had alleged the remarks were made in presence of Arts Faculty dean Pradeep Prajapati,LD Arts College principal Mahipalsinh Chavda,Trivedis personal secretary Mukesh Kumar Mankad and head of psychology department Bipin Contractor.
However,only Pradeep Prajapati had given statements to police supporting Shrimalis complaint while the other three turned hostile.
Prajapati was subsequently suspended by the university in another case but was later reinstated through an order of a tribunal.
Trivedi,who joined GU in June 2006,is due to retire on June 28 this year.
ABVP says Trivedi must quit
Meanwhile,Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has demanded that Trivedi resign since a police probe against him is on.
ABVP representative Mahendra Chaudhary said continuation of Trivedi as V-C was likely to influence the investigation.