V-C subverting radiation exposure probe: DU teachers

The association of Delhi University teachers today accused Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental of trying to subvert an inquiry into the disposal of radioactive material by the institution.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 23:10 PM IST

New Delhi: The association of Delhi
University teachers today accused Vice Chancellor Deepak
Pental of trying to subvert an inquiry into the disposal of
radioactive material by the institution and demanded that he
be arrested to make way for an "unbiased" probe.

The DUTA executive discussed the issue of the Atomic
Energy Regulatory Board withdrawing permission to DU to use
any radioactive source in its labs, and said the President of
India as Visitor and HRD Ministry should intervene to prevent
Pental from "inflicting further harm to the University".

The AERB withdrew the permission given to DU to use any
radioactive source in its labs as it failed to submit its
final reply on the radiation exposure incident at Mayapuri
scrap yard in the city within stipulated period.

"The DUTA demands that Prof Deepak Pental should be
immediately arrested in order to carry out an unbiased
inquiry... the Vice-Chancellor and other authorities have
consistently tried to derail any worthwhile public inquiry
into this incredible sale and has tried to subvert its own
inquiry," it said in a statement.

It also demanded that the HRD Ministry should take action
in the matter of Pental`s continuance in the office even after
the expiry of his term on August 31.

Exposure to radioactive Cobalt-60 in the scrap market in
Mayapuri in West Delhi had led to the death of one person and
injuries to ten others in Delhi in April this year. The
material landed there after an auction of some items from the
DU chemistry lab.

Following the incident, AERB had suspended the use of
radioactive source in the university labs and asked it to
submit a reply to the board on the incident.

PTI