The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Roopanwal Commission which was set up by the HRD Ministry to ostensibly give a report on the developments in Hyderabad Central University leading upto the tragic suicide of Rohith Vemula has violated legal parameters and gone beyond its jurisdiction. Instead of sticking to its brief it has made highly objectionable charges against Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika of manufacturing a dalit caste identity for herself and her family. It has exonerated the Vice Chancellor and the university authorities of any role in the developments leading upto his suicide.

The Polit Bureau demands that the report be rejected by the HRD Ministry. It strongly condemns all efforts to protect the VC from charges filed against him under the SC Prevention of Atrocities Act. The charges made against Ms Vemula amount to criminal defamation and should be dismissed forthwith.