Sushant Rohilla suicide: Delhi HC raps police over weak probe report on Amity student's death
The police on Tuesday faced the wrath of the Delhi High Court for filing a weak status report on its probe into the alleged suicide of a student of Amity Law School in 2016 and that too, without an accompanying affidavit.
New Delhi: The police on Tuesday faced the wrath of the Delhi High Court for filing a weak status report on its probe into the alleged suicide of a student of Amity Law School in 2016 and that too, without an accompanying affidavit.
A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Najmi Waziri was displeased with the report as it rapped the police for merely saying that the investigation was at an advanced stage and not mentioning by when it would be completed.
The bench also said the report was not accompanied by an affidavit as directed by the court in its previous order of 11 October.
"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 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 29 November.
The Amity Law School also came under fire when its lawyer 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 23 October.
The bench 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 said it has been hearing the matter for over two months and 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 2016 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 10 August, 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.
The submission was made in response to a petition seeking that PM-CARES Fund be declared as ‘The State’ under Article 12 of the Constitution.
Justice Rekha Palli further said that if warranted, the Union Sports Ministry may look into the affairs of the TTFI as well.
The court said that in the present times, citizens cannot be prevented from exercising their rights because of a rigid interpretation of a law that calls for "personal presence".