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All accused in Aman Kachroo ragging case surrender

All four accused in MBBS student Aman Kachroo ragging case surrendered before a fast court track today, complying with an order of the Himachal Pradesh High Court.



Dharamsala: All four accused in MBBS student
Aman Kachroo ragging case surrendered before a fast court
track today, complying with an order of the Himachal Pradesh
High Court.

Justice D D Sood of the High Court had yesterday
concelled the bail granted to the accused by the fast track
court on July 17 and directed them to surrender in the fast
track court at Dharamsala by today.

"All the four accused have surrendered in the fast-track
court of Purinder Vaidya", District Deputy Attorney R K
Kaushal told reporters.

The trial court has already listed the matter for next
hearing on August 2, he added.

Taking suo motu notice of the bail granted by the fast
track court to accused Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma
and Mukul Sharma, charged with culpable homicide not amounting
to murder on a bond of Rs 50,000, the High Court had issued
notices to the accused and asked them to appear in the Court
on July 24.

The hearing in the case was adjourned on July 24 and the
judgement was reserved. In its order pronounced yesterday, the
HC set aside the orders of trial court and cancelled the bail.

19-year-old Aman Kachroo, a MBBS student at the Dr R P
Government Medical College, Tanda (Kangra) was allegedly
thrashed by four seniors on March 7, 2009 and succumbed to
injuries the next day.

"The trial court would proceed with recording of
evidence on the dates (August 2) already fixed and ensure that
the trial is conducted on a day-to-day basis. The court would
ensure that no undue and unnecessary adjournments is granted
to either side", Justice Sood said in a 37-page order.

Setting aside the bail order, the High Court said "the
trial court ignored that three of the accused (Naveen, Abhinav
and Mukul) are also involved in other criminal case."

During the arguments in the High Court, Advocate General
R K Bawa said the trial court has shown undue haste in
granting bail to the accused without considering the fact that
the recording of evidence would come to an end on August 6.

The trial court has so far recorded the statements of 26
witnesses. Statements of some doctors and police personnel
are to be recorded, he added.

The inquiry report into Aman Kachroo ragging incident
said many first-year students, including Kachroo, were
subjected to intense physical ragging on March 7, 2009.

PTI

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