The People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Citizens for Democracy (CFD) have strongly condemned the police action against prominent writer and social scientist Ashis Nandy. On behalf of these two organisations, Justice Rajinder Sachhar (Retd), Kuldip Nayar, Mahipal Singh and N.D.Pancholi called upon the National Commission for Scheduled Castes to discontinue its inquiry which is totally 'uncalled for'.
They felt that the accusation that Nandy has made derogatory casteist remarks against Dalits and OBCs are utterly baseless. They appreciated that Nandy has been longstanding friend and guide of the OBC and Dalit cause and his record for such deprived sections of society extending over three decades would show how false and motivated such allegations are.
They also condemned the action of the Rajasthan Government for having initiated proceedings against him. They have demanded that proceedings be immediately withdrawn. They urged that the government and the people who have levelled allegations against him should take them back and express unqualified apology to him.