The Supreme Court Monday said it would seek corrections in the education system to prevent a repeat of incidents like the suicide of a 21-year-old law student in Delhi over low attendance. It requested eminent jurist Fali S Nariman to assist the court in its endeavour.
“If it is possible to make corrections so that such incidents do not happen again, it will be very good,” said a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice D Y Chandrachud, which has taken suo motu cognisance of the suicide of Amity Law School student Sushant Rohilla last month.
As reported first by The Indian Express, the court had taken up as a PIL a letter written to the CJI and other judges by Sushant’s friend Raghav Sharma on August 20, requesting them to not allow Sushant’s death to remain just another incident of a student’s suicide.
The third year law student had hanged himself at his home on August 10 after Amity barred him from sitting for semester exams because he did not have the requisite attendance. Sushant left behind a note saying he was a failure and did not wish to live.
Perusing the letter, the bench Monday underscored that there was an element of suspicion that Sushant took the extreme step due to harassment. “There is a feeling that he was deliberately withheld… His attendance was kept short because a teacher did not like him,” observed the bench.
It also asked senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, who appeared for Amity, whether Sushant was really good in debates and moot court competition.
Luthra began by calling the incident “unfortunate” but added that Sushant fell short on attendance despite being given additional weightage for his extra-curricular activities.
The lawyer also said Amity Law School was affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh IP University and was bound by the latter’s regulation on attendance. Luthra said Sushant’s father was also informed about his low attendance via email.
At this, the bench said it would examine all the contentions made in Raghav’s letter and requested Nariman to assist it as amicus curiae, and examine the possibility of certain guidelines on pertinent issues.
As of now, the court did not issue any notice to Amity and gave it the liberty to bring on record their explanation of the incident.