University to seek legal advice on ragging case

A fortnight after a ragging case was reported,the Panjab University authorities have decided to seek legal opinion.

Written by RituSharma | Chandigarh | Published:August 20, 2010 4:44 am

A fortnight after a ragging case was reported,the Panjab University authorities have decided to seek legal opinion. The authorities had also announced disciplinary action against the first year student of University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology — Tejas Anand— who had given a written complaint accusing four senior students of ragging in his

hostel,but failed to identify them later.

The student has also not resumed his classes yet. Dean,Students’ Welfare Prof Naval Kishore said: “The university will seek legal opinion in the case,as to what action can be taken against the student who failed to identify the students whom he alleged of ragging. Even after two weeks,he has not returned from his hometown Delhi.”

The legal opinion is expected to be sought from legal retainer Anupam Gupta. The authorities also claimed that as the case has already been handed over to the police,the university will not indulge in verifying the details. The incident took place on August 3,when Tejas mentioned in his complaint,that he was ragged in hostel by four senior students. He said he was asked by his seniors to wash their undergarments in the morning,eat chapatis with lots of sauce on it and asked to dance. The complaint was forwarded to the police,who registered a case of wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation under Section 341,506,34 of the IPC against the unknown accused.

An FIR was registered in Sector 11 police station. Later,Tejas submitted another written complaint and a letter,in which he said there was no ragging,but merely an introduction.

The university conducted a probe,but Tejas failed to identify the accused. Next day,he left for his hometown Delhi,claiming he was under trauma. His parents said he will be back soon to resume his studies.

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