SC suspends Kangra medical college principal over ragging death

NEW DELHI - The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the suspension of the principal of Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, where first-year medical science student Aman Kachroo was ragged and beaten to death by his seniors.

The apex court has also sought an explanation from the Andhra Pradesh Government as to why no criminal case was registered against the principal of Bapatla Agricultural and Engineering College where a female student attempted suicide after being forced to dance nude by seniors.

Terming the death of students due to ragging a “national tragedy”, the bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and Asok Kumar Ganguly asked the Andhra Pradesh police chief to complete the ongoing probe into the attempted suicide by the girl at the earliest.

The court passed these directions while dealing with an application filed by Additional Solicitor General and Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam on the two incidents.

The Supreme Court on March 16 had asked the chief secretaries of the Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to file affidavits on the action they have taken to implement the anti-ragging measures ordered by the court in the last two years.

The Supreme Court had issued a contempt notice to the two colleges as the incidents were in gross violation of the court’s directives to check ragging in educational institutions. (ANI)


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