Aman Kachroo case: HC stays proceedings in fast track court
The Himachal Pradesh High Court Saturday restrained a fast-track court at Dharamsala from proceeding further on a government plea seeking cancellation of bail to the four accused in the Aman Kachroo ragging case.
Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court
Saturday restrained a fast-track court at Dharamsala from
proceeding further on a government plea seeking cancellation
of bail to the four accused in the Aman Kachroo ragging case.
The High Court had on Thursday issued suo moto notices
to Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma and Kukul Sharma,
who were granted bail by the fast-track court on July 17, and
summoned them to appear in the court.
Defence lawyer Sharvan Dogra today pleaded that the
accused had been asked to appear on short notice and sought
an adjournment. He alleged that his clients were victims of a
media trial and asserted that bail had been granted after
examination of all records.
Justice D D Sood restrained the fast track court,
which heard the government plea yesterday and asked the
accused to explain why the bail should not cancelled, from
proceeding further in the matter.
The High Court adjourned the case for Monday.
Aman Kachroo (19), a first year MBBS student at
Rajindra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda (Kangra) was
allegedly thrashed by his seniors and subsequently died on
March 8, 2009.
His death had sparked an outrage and government not
only ordered a magisterial inquiry to ascertain the cause of
death but also passed the Anti Ragging Act providing for
stringent punishment in such cases.
The magisterial inquiry into the incident concluded
that Aman died due to injuries sustained in ragging on March 7
and also held the Principal of the college Suresh Sankhyan
responsible for it.
The inquiry report also pointed out that many
first-year students, including Kachroo, were subjected to
intense physical ragging in the early hours on March 7.
Rajinder Kachroo, father of Aman, had expressed
disappointment over the decision of the fast track court to
free the four accused on bail and said that it was a set back
for his campaign against ragging.
The fast track court had adjourned the hearing on the
government plea till August 2.