he Justice (retd.) AK Roopanwal Commission, which was constituted by the HRD Ministry to look into the circumstances leading to the death of Rohith Vemula at Hyderabad Central University, has said that personal frustration drove the Dalit scholar to commit suicide and that his mother faked their Dalit status.
The report concluded that Rohith Vemula’s mother “branded” herself as Dalit to avail the benefits of reservation ; expelling him from the hostel was the “most reasonable” decision the university could have taken; personal frustration, not discrimination, drove the 26-year-old PhD scholar to suicide; Union Ministers Bandaru Dattatreya and Smriti Irani were only discharging their duties and there was no pressure on the Hyderabad Central University authorities.
Its 41-page report was submitted in August. It is based on the deposition of over 50 people, a majority of whom were university teachers, officers and staff members. The retired judge met five university students and members of the joint action committee which led the agitation on campus.