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BHU directed to release disowned report on student's death

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Oct 25 (UNI) The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Vice-Chancellor (VC) and the Registrar of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to release the report of the fact-finding Committee set up in connection with the death of a University student at Sir Sunder Lal Hospital, Varanasi in January last year.

The report by Prof Harikesh Singh- relating to the inquiry into various aspects of the incidents on January 11-12, when the student, Yogesh Rai, died at the hospital- was submitted on March 31 the same year.

The CIC directive came on a petition by one Dhananjay Tripathi.

Mr Tripathi's application to the University authorities for a copy of the report had been rejected on the ground that the BHU Executive Council had decided not to accept Prof Singh's report.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Punjab Singh had in his appearance before the Commission on August 31 requested the Commission for permission to make the report public with the proviso that the University had rejected it and was disowned by it.

The Vice-Chancellor's request was granted by the Commission.

However, when the University still failed to make the report public, the CIC in a decision last week directed the Commission to supply a copy to the appellant within 15 days of the order, if it had not already done so and explain the delay.


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