Special Correspondent

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat High Court has taken strong exception to the delay in action on the complaint by a Gujarat University professor against Vice-Chancellor Parimal Trivedi, under the Atrocities Act.

Justice Anant Dave on Wednesday issued notice to the State government, police officials and others concerned, seeking an explanation.

Pankaj Shrimali, a scheduled caste professor, had lodged the complaint, accusing the Vice-Chancellor of using derogatory terms against his caste. The complaint was filed in May 2008, but no action was taken against Mr. Trivedi. Under the Atrocities Act, the authorities were required to initiate summary action and the onus of proving not guilty rested on the accused.

Meanwhile, the High Court rejected the bail application of IAS officer Pradip Sharma, the suspended municipal commissioner of Bhavnagar, who was in judicial custody for the last one month for his alleged involvement in the Bhuj land scam. Mr. Sharma as the then Kutch collector allegedly used his powers to allocate land under the earthquake re-settlement scheme to some unauthorised persons and at substantially low cost to set up wholesale shopping centres. It was alleged that a majority of the 400 traders to whom land was allocated by the then district administration were not affected by the January 2001 killer earthquake, while the genuine victims were left out.