Police probe can raise uncomfortable questions for AMU staff
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Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 2010, 15:16
Aligarh: The ongoing police investigation into the alleged suicide by a gay AMU professor could raise some "uncomfortable questions" for the university authorities, according to police sources.

The AMU authorities would have to explain as to why no official internal probe was conducted to trace out the persons who reportedly orchestrated the sting operation, which took place place on February 8 at the residence of the professor Srinivas Ramchander Siras, they said.

The body of 62-year-old Srinivas Ramchander Siras, a reader in Modern Indian Languages, was found on April 7 lying on the bed in his private apartment outside the university after police broke open the door which was locked from inside.

Siras, who hailed from Maharashtra and taught Marathi, was placed under suspension by AMU Vice Chancellor P K Abdul Aziz on charges of homosexuality at his house inside the campus after a sting operation by a television channel which exposed him having sexual relations with a rickshaw puller.

Maintaining that the police probe could raise some uncomfortable questions for the university authorities, police sources also hinted that holding of a selection committee for a professor's post which took place last month, during the suspension period of Dr Siras could also throw some light on the entire episode.

Also, senior district police officials would have to explain as to why they failed to register an FIR on the basis of a written complaint filed by the professor against some senior AMU officials after the sting operation.

The professor had submitted a rougly drafted application in English. He was then told to submit a properly drafted application," City Superintendent of Police Maan Singh Chauhan told PTI.

But before the police received such an application, Dr Siras approached the court of law which ordered that an FIR should be immediately lodged, he said, adding "We have no malafide intentions and a full and fair investigations will now be conducted."


First Published: Monday, April 12, 2010, 15:16

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