'Tainted' prof plays 'sub judice' card

Shivabasavaiah who deposed before the committee filed an application requesting the latter to dismiss the inquiry, saying that it would be sub judice as the criminal case against him is pending and tried at the court. However, the committee turned down the plea stating they were also equally responsible to deliver justice on the issue, the common aim of both the bodies.

The lady research scholar who was the first to appear before the committee, is learnt to have been questioned for nearly one-and-a-half-hours from 4 pm.
 She was followed by her former guide Prof Shivabasavaiah. Most of the questions were related to the period of acquaintance between the duo and allied matters.

The actual inquiry is expected to begin on April 1, the next date of inquiry. Both the complainant and the accused have been asked to come with supportive documents, at 3
pm.

Chairperson of the committee Prof K Yashodara, secretary Swarnamala, members M N Sumana, Roopa Rao and Prof K S Suresh conducted the proceedings.

Prof Shivabasavaiah, Vice-chancellor Prof V G Talawar and registrar P S Nayak will be appearing before the two-member team from State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) conducting the inquiry, on Wednesday. The team recorded the statement of the lady and her husband Vijaykumar on Monday.

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