The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had sent at least four reminders to University of Hyderabad, seeking action taken report on Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya’s complaint that the campus had become a “den of anti-national politics”.

Officials concerned, however, defended the Ministry’s action, maintaining that the university was not directed to take action against any student. The defence came a day after they described the forwarding of Dattatreya’s letter to the Central university as a “routine affair”.

“The Ministry only followed the rules. According to central secretariat manual of office procedures, communications received from Members of Parliament have to be acknowledged within 15 days of their receipt, followed by reply within next 15 days,” HRD Ministry spokesperson Ghanshyam Goel said, refuting the charge that the varsity expelled five Dalit students under pressure from Union Minister Smriti Irani.

The explanations came after official letters of the HRD Ministry, written to University of Hyderabad seeking action taken report on Union Minister of State (MoS) for Labour and Employment Dattatreya’s complaint, began circulating in media circles and later went viral

on social media on Tuesday.

“Hyderabad University in the recent past has become den of casteist, extremist and anti-national politics. I earnestly hope under your dynamic leadership things would change in this campus for the better,” Dattatreya stated in his letter to Irani on August 17, 2015.

The Minister sought Irani’s intervention on the request of a local BJP leader Nandanam Diwakar, who complained that N Susheel Kumar, a PhD student and leader of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, was assaulted by Ambedkar Students’ Association members on the campus after the former protested against a prayer meeting organised by them (Ambedkar association), for Parliament attack convict Yakub Memon.

“He was abused, interrogated, manhandled, tortured and humiliated for his facebook status—‘ASA goons are talking about hooliganism—feeling funny’. Attack on him is the  consequence of unchallenged growth of violent tendency on university campus aided by the failings of university,“ Diwakar stated in his three-page letter to Dattatreya on August 10.

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