New Delhi: Mother of Hyderabad University scholar Rohith Vemula on Friday refuted the claims made by Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani in the Rajya Sabha that Rohith was not denied fellowship money and that Chief Warden was part of the inquiry committee.
"The minister is lying. My son did not recieve the stipend for seven months", she said while addressing a press conference.
"Letters that were forwarded from the Union HRD Ministry indicated that students were branded as anti-national and extremists. I demand an explanation as to how my son became anti-national and extremist," she said.
Irani, responding to Mayawati's charges made in the Rajya Sabha, denied that Vemula was not given any fellowship money and that he was pushed towards his death.
"This impression (that Vemula was not given fellowship money) is not correct," the minister said, adding he was given some money latest on November 20, 2015.
The minister also denied Mayawati's contention that there was no Dalit on the panel investigating Vemula's death.
"It is incorrect that there is no member from the scheduled caste community on the inquiry committee," said Irani.
However, Mayawati was not satisfied and again accused the government of being "anti-Dalits".
Speaking at the same press conference, Rohith's friend demanded action against Smriti Irani for making 'false statements'.
"We want to expose false words being propagated by minister Smriti Irani in Parliament. Why is no action being taken against Smriti Irani who is repeatedly giving false statements?" he asked.
He further said that Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya branded his friend Rohith as an extremist and PM Modi did not take any action against the minister.
"Prime Minister Modi said India has lost her son. I want to ask him, if India has lost her son, same son was branded as anti-national, same son was branded as extremist by your Cabinet Minister. What action has the Prime Minister taken against his cabinet colleague?"
Irani's earlier cliam on Rohith Vemula's death made during her speech in the Lok Sabha was alos refuted by the doctors who attended him.