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Court notices to Hyderabad varsity, police commissioner

Hyderabad : The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday ordered notices to be issued to the University of Hyderabad and Cyberabad police commissioner on a petition seeking action to restore peace and normalcy in the university.

The university, vice chancellor, dean-students’ welfare and commissioner of police-Cyberabad have been asked to respond within two weeks.

Gali Vinod Kumar, assistant professor cum principal of PG College of Law, Osmania University, sought direction to form an independent committee to hold talks with students, the university management and the police to help resolve all the issues.

The petitioner prayed for direction to State Legal Services Authority to constitute the mediation panel.

He also called for declaring as illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional actions taken by the respondents since January 3, when five Dalit research scholars began a protest following their suspension and eviction from hostel.

One of them, Rohith Vemula, committed suicide on January 17, sparking massive protests on the campus.

The petitioner referred to the police action against students and their arrests on March 22 when they were demonstrating against Vice Chancellor P. Appa Rao’s return.

He said in his petition that he was worried about the lives of students.

Justice Challa Kodandaram ordered issuance of notices to the respondents and adjourned the hearing by two weeks.