A fast track court in Dharamsala has granted bail to four students accused of ragging and beating to death medical student Aman Satya Kachroo,19,nearly two years ago.
Ajay Verma,Naveen Verma,Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma walked out of jail after 16 months after furnishing bail bonds of Rs 50,000 each and sureties of an equal amount. The next hearing in the case is on August 2.
The court order has disappointed Amans family. Its a big setback and serious blow. We are highly disappointed, said Amans father,Rajender Kachroo.
However,counsel of the accused Ajay Kochhar said his clients are very much within their legal rights to seek bail,especially as statements of the witnesses have already been recorded.
The state government said it may challenge the order. We have just come to know about this. The court order will be studied,and if needed,we will examine possibility of approaching the High Court to seek cancellation of bail. Its a case which has shaken the nation. There is need to follow it seriously, a Home Department official said.
The death of Aman,a first-year MBBS student at Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Kangra,had triggered a country-wide outrage. A magisterial inquiry ordered by the state government confirmed ragging as cause of Amans death. The inquiry report slammed the college authorities for failing to check ragging and also recommended action against some doctors and college staff. The death prompted the state to pass the Anti-Ragging Act that provides for stringent punishment in such cases. With PTI inputs