Tuesday, January 24, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Gujarat University V-C skips tryst with cops



Gujarat University V-C skips tryst with cops

Published: Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012, 16:00 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA

Gujarat University vice-chancellor Parimal Trivedi, who was called by
SC/ST cell of city police to appear in a three-year-old racial slur
case Monday, chose not to appear before the cell in the matter.

After waiting for him till late evening, DD Chaudhari, assistant
commissioner of police and incharge of SC/ST cell, said he would
consult his senior officials for future course of action against

"We will serve another summon to Trivedi and wait for a couple of days
for him to turn up. We can also go to his office and register his
statement if he cannot come here," said Chaudhari.

When asked by mediapersons about his whereabouts on Monday morning,
Trivedi said that he was in a function and could not talk much. He,
however, was seen coming out of his bungalow in his car at 11am.
Around the same time, Chaudhari left Karanj police station in his
police vehicle, sparking rumours of a 'secret' meeting between them.
The cop denied the rumours and said that he was going to court for a
hearing. Interestingly, complainant in the matter, Pankaj Shrimali,
was present at the Karanj police station from early Monday morning.
The SC/ST cell is housed in this police station.

Chaudhari said that he would initiate fresh probe in the matter and
record statements of the parties once again. "I need to know several
aspects of the case. Fresh statements of all parties, including the
complainant will be recorded," said Chaudhari.

Earlier, Trivedi was summoned by SC/ST cell Friday to remain present
at Karanj police station on Monday morning. Police, in the summons,
pointed out that Trivedi would be arrested if he failed to remain
present before competent officer of SC/ST cell.

Trivedi is facing probe in a three-year-old case where he allegedly
passed abusive casteist remarks on Pankaj Shrimali, head of department
of History in L & C Mehta Arts College affiliated to GU.

The complaint in the matter was lodged before Gujarat University
police station under Prevention of Atrocities Act on May 3, 2008.
Police hadn't taken appropriate action in the case until Gujarat high
court stepped in on Thursday.

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