Lashing out at the Judicial Commission report on Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s tragic death, his brother Raja Vemula has rejected it and vehemently criticised the probe report along with raising serious allegation that the entire Indian Judiciary is subservient to the current “Manuvadi” government.
The report was aimed at saving BJP Union Ministers, Vice-Chancellor of Hyderabad Central University, Members of Hyderabad Legislative Council and ABVP members, from the Prevention of SC/ST Atrocities act, Raja said in an exclusive interview with SouthLive.
We are not going to get justice from this government. The whole judicial system is under this Manuvadi government control. We don’t have any hope on this judicial system. The university authority is responsible for my brother’s death. Now the commission wants to save this VC Appa Rao, his assistant Sushil Kumar, Hyderabad MLC Ramachandra Rao, and the two Ministers Dattetraya and Smriti IraniRaja Vemula
The aggrieved brother Raja Vemula has raised questions about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence “when Dalits are being mentally and physically tortured” and asked him to speak out whether his government is pro-Dalit or a “Manuvadi” government.
Narendra Modi saying that he is also a saviour of Dalits. If he is a real saviour and concerned about Dalit lives, when these kind of things are going, when we are physically and mentally tortured, he has to answer this question that whether his government is a pro-Dalit government or a Manuvadi govt.Raja
In an special telephonic interview with SouthLive, Raja also said, Justice Roopanwal, who is the one-man judicial commission, has no authority to question Rohith’s caste certificate since it was approved by Guntur collector and National Commission of Scheduled Caste. Accusing Rohith’s mother of fabrication of the certificate, the commission is contradicting the National Commission of Scheduled caste, Raja added.
The Human Resources Development Ministry (HRD) instituted one man judicial commission constituted to inquire into the reasons that led to the suicide of Rohith Vemula, submitted its report on Thursday, concluding it was “personal frustrations” that drove him to the tragic death, also which claimed that Rohith's mother, Radhika, "branded" herself a Dalit to avail the benefits of reservation.
Rohith’s brother questioned how the Judicial Commission had come to know Rohith was facing ‘personal issues’ without even listening to his friends and family.
And who told him that Rohith died of personal problems? The commission didn’t even go and meet our local people. He had only met the university authorities and wasn’t even ready to listen what we were trying to say. Whenever we try to say something he used to say “I know everything”. Is he a perfect judge? I don’t know.Rohith’s brother
Rubbishing the commission’s statement that Rohith did not face any ‘discrimination’ and the decision to expel him was the ‘most appropriate’ move by the university, Raja Vemula asks, if the decision was the ‘most appropriate’, why didn’t the Vice Chancellor come and talk to those people for 14 days, when they were suspended? He also alleged that the college authorities had constituted an enquiry commission without even informing those students including Rohith Vemula.
Vemula committed suicide in the college hostel on 17th January 2016. The university has stopped him paying the fellowship in July 2015 after an inquiry commission” found” that he was "raising issues under the banner of the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) against University rules. His suicide note was a narrative of the discrimination he faced because of Dalit. He wrote in his suicide note: “The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote. To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of stardust. In very field, in studies, in the streets, in politics, and in dying and living.” Vemula death, which many allege as an institutional murder triggered Dalit protest across campuses in the country.
Excerpts from the Interview:
Q: The Judicial Commission has submitted its probe report on Rohith’s death, giving clean chit to the tainted ministers and university authorities. How do you respond to the mounting allegations and statements raised in the report?
Raja: The report is basically an attemp to save those people (university authorities and political leaders) from any actions against them under the Prevention of SC/ST atrocities Act.
First of all we need to find out his (Commission’s) background. He must be an RSS or BJP fellow. He has reported that Rohith was died out of personal or family problems. Who told him that my brother was died of personal problems? He has never met the local people who know about Rohit. He only met the university authorities and didn’t even try to listen what we were trying to say. Whenever we try to say something he used to say “I know everything”. Is he a perfect judge? I don’t know. I don’t think he had shown justice in his earlier judgements also.
We are denying this Report and not considering it as a genuine one.
Q: A major allegation in the report was, your mother has fabricated the te certificate to avail benefits of reservation. Do you have any proof enough to counter this allegation?
Raja: Caste certificate was issued by competent authorities such as Guntur collector and approved by National Commission of Scheduled Caste. The commission does not have any right to talk about the caste certificate. Doing so, his report is contradicting the National Commission of Scheduled caste.
Q: The report has ruled out any chances of discrimination in the university. As a brother are you avare about any kind of such discrimination against Rohith?
Raja: The university authority has ordered him not go to public places, not to enter the administrative building and even not to be in a group. What is this called? Isn't it a discrimination? This is only one example that he felt discrimination in the university. There are a lot of instances like this.
It is ridiculous. Shame on him, as an HC judge, to say that there was no discrimination against my brother from the university. In all over India, many Dalits are facing discrimination.
Q: You have been saying that action taken by the university against your brother was illegitimate. Now the commission says it was the most appropriate decision.
If it was the most appropriate move, why didn’t the VC come and talk to those people for 14 days, when they were suspended? If it was most appropriate why they have convened an enquiry committee without informing the students? They were suspended illegally.
University authority is responsible for my brother's death. Now the commission wants to save this VC Appa Rao, his assistant Sushil Kumar, MLC Ramachandra Rao, and the two Ministers Dattetraya and Smriti Irani from any actions under the SC ST Atrocities Act.
Q: How are you going to take your grievance forward?
Raja: We are thinking about further actions. When I get back to Hyderabad we will decide further course of actions and will inform the media.
Q: Do you think Rohith would ever get justice from BJP-led government?
Raja: We are not going to get justice from this government. The whole judicial system is under this Manuvadi government control. We don’t have any hope on this judicial system.
Narendra Modi is saying that he is a saviour of Dalits. If he is a real saviour and concerned about Dalit lives, when these kind of things are going, when we are physically and mentally tortured, he has to answer whether his government is a pro-Dalit government or a Manuvadi government.