Amity student suicide: Delhi High Court raps police for ‘namby-pamby’ status report

Sushant Rohilla, a third year law student of Amity, had hung himself at his home here on August 10, 2016 after the varsity allegedly barred him from sitting for the semester exams due to lack of requisite attendance.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 17, 2017 5:51 pm
amity, amity student, amity law student suicide, sushant rohilla, amity university, amity university student death, law student suicide, amity law student suicide, delhi news Sushant Rohilla, a third year law student of Amity, had hung himself at his home here on August 10, 2016 after the varsity allegedly barred him from sitting for the semester exams due to lack of requisite attendance.

The police today faced flak from the Delhi High Court for filing a “namby-pamby” status report regarding its probe into the alleged suicide of a student of Amity Law School last year.

A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Najmi Waziri was displeased with the report as it did not clarify when the probe would be over, but merely saying that the investigation was at an advanced stage.

The bench also said the report was not accompanied by an affidavit as was directed by the court in its previous order of October 11.

The court directed the DCP Crime (Narcotics) to file the final report or charge sheet “positively within four weeks” and listed the matter for hearing on November 29.

“What do you mean by the probe being at an advanced stage? What is this namby-pamby status report you have filed? What is all this? It does not inspire any confidence. This is nothing,” the bench said.

The Amity Law School also came under fire after one of its lawyers asked the court whether the matter would be marked ‘part heard’, implying whether the same bench would continue to hear it as the roster of the judges would change from October 23.

The court told the lawyer that if the law school wanted the matter transferred to another bench, “tell your client to summon up courage and file an application. … We will deal with it then.”

The bench further said it has been hearing the matter for over two months and it was “not going to recuse” from it.

On the last date, the court had questioned the timing of a “belated” plea filed by the law school urging the bench not to give any finding on the allegations of mental torture and harassment of the student, Sushant Rohilla. It has kept the law school’s plea pending.

The bench was hearing the plea initiated by the Supreme Court in September last year on the alleged suicide. The matter was transferred to the Delhi High Court in March.

Sushant, a third year law student of Amity, had hung himself at his home here on August 10, 2016 after the varsity allegedly barred him from sitting for the semester exams due to lack of requisite attendance. He left behind a note saying he was a failure and did not wish to live.

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