‘Radhika is not Scheduled Caste’, says District administration

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The family of late Rohit Vemula who committed suicide last year at Hyderabad Central University has sought some more time to give reply to the show-cause notice served by Guntur district administration to prove that they belonged to Scheduled Castes.

It may be recalled that the District administration has on February 6 served a show-cause notice to Radhika Vemula giving 15 days time to respond. The District Level Scrutiny Committee headed by Joint Collector has notified that Vemula Radhika and her children belong to Vaddera community that comes under the BC-A category on the basis of documentary, recorded and other material evidence.

The committee had collected statements of Vemula Mani Kumar, Radhika, Vemula Venkateswarlu, Raghavamma, Raja Chaitanya and Battula Neelima daughter of Radhika. Except Mani Kumar and Raghavamma, all the others deposed before the committee that Radhika belongs to SC-Mala and that she was adopted by Challa Anjani Devi, a retired headmistress from Guntur district. The advocate Bhima Rao appearing for Radhika family is expected to reach Guntur on Friday morning and a file a reply before the scrutiny committee raising objections over the credentials of the complainants are president of Hindu Dharmaraksha Samanwaya Samithi Guntur and a Hyderabad based caste leader.

Sources said a team of advocates and some retired IAS officers have been drafting a reply. The committee in its observations said that there was no recorded evidence of a legal adoption of Radhika and she had not been able to disclose the names of her biological parents. Anjani Devi had given a statement before the Joint Collector in February 2016 that she had taken a one-year-old baby from a couple belonging to the Scheduled Castes who were working at a railway track.

The committee however said the caste certificate of Radhika at the Municipal Corporation High School, Kothapet had recorded her status as BC-A and she was married to Mani Kumar who was from the Vaddera community and her daughter was also given in marriage to a man from the community.

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