In a boost for students protesting at the University of Hyderabad against the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, after being expelled for allegedly assaulting a student leader, Cyberabad Commissioner C V Anand has claimed otherwise.
Anand, on October 3, 2015 had filed an affidavit (a copy of which has been accessed by TNM) in the Hyderabad High Court, stating that allegations of serious assault by the five Dalit students from the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) was incorrect.
According to recorded statements by Susheel Kumar, his brother Vishnu, mother Vinaya karnakar, security officer Dilip Kumar and also medical reports by Archana Hospital, Anand claimed that the injuries which Susheel Kumar had were simple.
"I humbly state and submit that the Medical Officer Dr. Chenna Reddy of Archana Hospital Madeenaguda, Hyderabad who treated the injured issued a Medical Certificate on August 12 staying that the injuries sustained by Susheel Kumar(son of the petitioner) during the incident were 'Simple' in nature."
The Commissioner notes that Susheel had appendicitis and was operated for the same.
“Dr Chenna Reddy of Archana hospital said that during examination he came to know that Appendicitis is not due to the result or any assault and it is coincidental.”
The commissioner also told the court that he came to this conclusion based on the reports given to him by his subordinate officer, whom he had sent for the investigation to the hospital.
He also said that he had the copy of an apology letter written by ABVP leader Susheel Kumar on August 4 in his possession.
This was revealed in the police's counters filed before the court in response to the petition filed by Suhseel’s mother Vinaya who was seeking protection to her son in the campus.
“There are no merits whatsoever warranting the interference of this Hon'ble Court under Article. 226 of the Constitution of India. The writ petition is liable to be dismissed,” the commissioner concluded.
The case will be heard by the court on January 25.
Susheel Kumar vehemently denies
“I was injured, look at my medical report. It says blunt trauma abdomen, this happened when they beat me up and pulled me out the security van,” he said.
Susheel also gave a copy of his medical report to The News Minute. Susheel was operated for appendicitis after he was admitted to hospital. The report also mentions an injury on his left shoulder.