Benaras Hindu University (BHU) on Wednesday appointed new Chief Proctor of the University, Mahendra Kumar Singh, a day after ON Singh resigned from the post after facing severe backlash on handling of the alleged molestation case of a woman student.

Singh’s resignation was accepted by vice-chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi on late Tuesday night after taking the ‘moral responsibility’ for the recent episodes of violence in the University.

Earlier, BHU V-C Tripathi had rubbished reports suggesting that he had been summoned by the Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry over use of force by the police to disperse students protesting molestation of a student on Saturday.

He said he had gone to Delhi on Tuesday to attend the varsity’s executive council meeting and returned. The Vice-Chancellor claimed that some people were spreading false information stating that the HRD Ministry had summoned him.

“Talks are held with the HRD Ministry on some or the other matter on a daily basis. I had a telephonic conversation with Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar even today and briefed him about the violence on the BHU campus. I also told him that the Judicial Commission will probe the matter,” he said.

Tripathi said the HRD Minister also offered him suggestions on how to tackle the situation in the aftermath of the violence.

The Vice-Chancellor added that all facts will come out after the judicial probe into the campus violence.

(With agency inputs)