Hyderabad University row: All 27 accused granted bail, no opposition from public prosecutor

Hyderabad local court granted bail to all accused in the Hyderabad Central University row. The students and faculty members have received bail on the conditions that each person pays Rs. 5000 as surety and agree to appear before SHO gachibowli every Saturday between 10 am and 1 pm.

A court on Monday was set to pronounce orders on bail petitions of 25 students and two faculty members of University of Hyderabad as the public prosecutor did not file a counter to the bail plea.

 Hyderabad University row: All 27 accused granted bail, no opposition from public prosecutor

Students protest after the death of Rohith Vemula in a file photo. PTI

A lawyer said the government had not opposed the bail, creating hopes that the students might get early bail.

The 25th Metropolitan Magistrate's court at Miyapur pronounced the orders on the bail pleas as the Telangana government choose not to oppose the petitions.

The students and faculty members, currently lodged in Cherlapally Jail, may be released late Monday evening or Tuesday.

On Tuesday, 22 March, Hyderabad Central University vice-chancellor P Appa Rao — currently under judicial probe in the Rohith Vemula case — returned to campus after his two-month-long leave. Students of the university protested outside Rao's lodge in campus. Some students were dragged outside the premises and a few among the group then threw stones at the police bandobast.

Students ransacked and vandalised the office of the vice-chancellor and there was a lot of damage caused to the Rao’s campus residence, according to this earlier report on Firstpost. A section of students barged into his residence, broke window panes, smashed doors, television and other items while shouting slogans against Rao resuming his duties as vice-chancellor.

On the allegations from a few student groups that AVBP members were part of the meeting with VC Appa Rao which triggered the protests, G. Gurajada, state executive member of the Telangana ABVP told Firstpost that none of the ABVP members were inside the meeting. "We don't have a problem with VC Appa Rao. Inside the meeting a few life sciences students were there and lab partners," he said.

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Mar 28, 2016 18:12:10 IST