The judicial commission announced by the HRD Ministry to probe circumstances that led to Rohith Vemula’s suicide at Hyderabad Central University (HCU) will be headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Justice Ashok K Roopanwal. Sources said the one-member panel will be tasked with probing the sequence of events that led to Vemula’s death and fixing responsibility.

The ministry had announced a judicial probe last week after its fact-finding committee held the university responsible for Vemula’s suicide. The panel had also reported that students felt discriminated on campus.

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Last November, HCU’s executive council had expelled five students, all Dalits, from the hostel. The students were punished for allegedly assaulting an ABVP student leader. The issue snowballed into a political storm after Vemula committed suicide on January 17.

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