Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev's ‘olive branch' has failed to impress university engineer N. Puttaswamy.

The engineer, who is back to work after a brief hospital stay after suffering a heart attack, maintained that he would not withdraw the complaint.

The visibly frail engineer, when asked to respond to the VC's move of “withdrawing” the letter that blamed him for delay in issuing work codes for the construction of the Kolar Postgraduate Centre, said he would pursue the case.

It is learnt that he has been asked to present evidence for the complaint filed under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989.

‘Mental harassment'

A complaint has also been filed for mental harassment. An FIR has been lodged against the VC in this regard at the Jnana Bharathi police station.

Sources in the varsity said that Mr. Puttaswamy is being asked to consider dropping the atrocities case and keep aside the caste aspect in the interest of the university.

However, the engineer ruled out any compromise.