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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Indore, November 23, 2012
Three second year students of the Indian Institute of Management, Indore, have been expelled after they were allegedly caught taking drugs. On Wednesday, the hostel staff had spotted the students taking drugs in their rooms and informed the faculty in-charge of the hostel Professor Siddharth Rastogi, who immediately reached the hostel  and caught them red handed.

A preliminary inquiry was conducted by the hostel officials on Wednesday, after which a detailed probe was held by the institute’s disciplinary committee. “The committee found the students guilty,” said IIM-I public relations officer Akthar Parvez.

This is the second such case in the institution this year. In February, two students from the Integrated Programme in Management and PGP were caught taking drugs. Initially, they were rusticated, but they were later pardoned and allowed to complete their courses.

The students involved in the latest case, however, appear to have little chance of reprieve. The institute decided to stand by its action, probably with a hope that it might act as a deterrent.

“The students had had filed an appeal with the director, asking for relief and a second chance, but the director rejected their plea,” said Pervez. Director N Ravichandran refused to comment on the matter, saying it was “sensitive”.