Aman Kachroo case: HC cancels bail of all accused
The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday cancelled the bail of the four accused in the case relating to the ragging and death of MBBS student Aman Kachroo.
Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday cancelled the bail of the four accused in the case relating to the ragging and death of MBBS student Aman Kachroo.
The court had on Monday heard the arguments of the defence and the prosecution and reserved its order till today.
Justice D D Sood had taken suo motu notice of the bail granted to the accused Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma by a fast track court at Dharamsala on April 17 last and asked them to explain why their bail should not be cancelled.
The HC had summoned the accused to appear in the court on July 24 but the case was adjourned for July 26 as the defence counsel had pleaded that time was too short as the notices were received on the same day.
All the accused were charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder and remained in jail for 16 months before the fast track court released them on bond of Rs 50,000.
Justifying the bail granted to the accused by the fast track court, the counsel for the accused said "the accused were granted bail after recording the statements of 26 witnesses and now only the statements of some doctors and police personnel remained to be recorded".
He argued the witnesses were not likely to influenced by the accused and as such the bail should not be cancelled.
He also pleaded that the death of Aman Kachroo might have been caused by some heart problem and not due injuries inflicted during ragging.
However, the Advocate General R K Bawa refuted the contention of the defence and said the report of the post mortem of Kachroo, conducted by a team of doctors at Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (in Shimla), ruled out the possibility of any heart disease.
"Since the accused - Naveen, Abhinav and Mukul - are already facing charges of rioting, criminal intimidation, carrying weapons and trespassing, the order of bail suffers from judicial impropriety and is illegality," he said.
The statements recorded so far have clearly linked Kachru’s death to ragging, Bawa added.
Aman Kachroo, 19, a first year MBBS student of Dr Rajindra Prasad Government Medical College in Tanda (Kangra) died on March 8, 2009, a few hours after being thrashed by four final-year students of the same college.
The fast track court had also issued a notice to the accused on a plea filed by the government on cancellation of bail but the proceedings had been stayed by HC since the case was pending there.
(With PTI inputs)