Irani lied in Parliament, claims Rohith’s family
Dalit student Rohith Vemula’s mother on Friday launched a no holds barred attack on HRD Minister Smriti Irani, accusing her of resorting to “blatant lies” while talking in Parliament about her son’s suicide and that “life imprisonment” will not be enough for her and others “responsible” for his death.
Radhika Vemula, flanked by her other son Raja, said BJP will be “decimated to the ground” if Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not take any action against Irani and her ministerial colleague Bandaru Dattatreya who had written multiple letters to her seeking action against Rohith, alleging anti-national activities.
Speaking in Parliament, Irani had on Wednesday tried to deflect criticism and mounted a strident attack on the Opposition accusing it of “politicising” the PhD scholar’s death. She had said that the committee which acted against Rohith had a Dalit representative and that doctors were not allowed to revive him after he was found hanging.
Rohith’s brother Raja dubbed Irani’s comments as “blatant lies”, saying he reached the campus by 8.30 pm and saw police and doctors where his body was kept.
“Even life imprisonment will not be enough for the ministers, Vice Chancellor and the ABVP activists who were responsible for my son’s death.
Rohith’s friend Prashant, who was also expelled by the Hyderabad University, cited minutes of the Executive Council meeting of Hyderabad University, claiming that action was taken against them “in response” to communication from the HRD Ministry to not allow the students to continue academic activities.