Caste slur case: Gujarat University prof says was ‘threatened’
A key witness in the caste slur case against former Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University (GU) Parimal Trivedi has alleged that former deputy chief minister Narhari Amin and two others had threatened him, asking him to turn hostile in the case.
The other two named by the witness are Digvijaysinh Gohil and Nitin Shah. Presently, all three are syndicate members of GU.
The complainant-witness, identified as Pradip Prajapati who is also a professor at Gujarat University, had lodged a police complaint in this regard in May last year. However, when police did not take any action, he approached Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court, which recently ordered Gujarat University Police Station to submit an action taken report on the complaint by August 20.
Prajapati is a key witness in a criminal case registered in May 2008 against the former V-C by another professor Pankaj Shrimali, who had alleged that Trivedi had used words derogatory to his caste.
Shah denied having issued any such threat. "Prajapati wanted to strike a compromise with Trivedi when the latter was retiring. He had approached Gohil, asking him to intervene. I might have had some conversation with Prajapati on this but I have not threatened anybody," he said.
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