Rohith Vemula’s death due to personal frustration: Probe found


New Delhi: The one-man judicial commission set up to probe the circumstances that lead to Rohith Vemula's suicide has submitted its report stating that Vemula's mother "branded" herself a Dalit only to obtain the caste benefits, and that the Hyderabad University's decision to expel Vemula from hostel was "most reasonable".

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The one-man judicial commission was constituted on January 28 this year after Rohith Vemula hanged himself in a hostel room in the university campus. The 41-page report submitted by AK Roopanwal is based on the deposition of over 50 people, a majority of whom were university teachers, officers and staff members, says the report. 

Roopanwal's report claims that expelling Rohith from the hostel was the 'most reasonable' decision taken by the university, and that it is not caste-based discrimination that led the 26-year-old PhD scholar to suicide, but his own 'personal frustrations'.

The commission has also said that then HRD minister Smriti Irani and union minster Bandaru Dattatreya were only 'discharging their duties' and that they did not put any pressure on the HCU authorities to expel Vemula and four other batchmates from the hostel.

The commission, after the investigation, concluded that Radhika Vemula branded herself as a Mala (a scheduled caste community) and managed to get a certificate from the then corporator Uppalapati Danmma, someone who has lived with Radhika for over one and half years.

The commissoin cites Radhika's application for her younger son Raja Chaitanya Kumar's birth certificate in 2014 as evidence to prove that she doesn't belong to a Dalit community. In that application, Radhika disclosed her caste as Vaddera, a backward class. Hence, the retired judge infers that since Radhika is not Mala, Rohith cannot be Mala either.

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