Himachal Pradesh high court on Monday has given an order to implead the two assistant professors of VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad, who were allegedly negligent in identifying the bodies.
The court has also allowed parents of the deceased to intervene into the case, in which 24 BTech students of a Hyderabad-based institute and a co-tour operator were washed away by the Beas river, near Thalaut in Mandi on June 8.
During the proceeding, intervener Ajay Mohan Goel pointed out the negligence of CV Ram Babu and VNM Rao, both assistant professors at VNR, in identifying the bodies, citing the affidavit of the chief secretary.
The assistant professors had identified a male body, found on June 19, as that of M Shiva Prakash and was handed over to his parents. But, later Prakash's body was recovered on July 13 in a decomposed state along with his belongings.
The court directed the chief secretary to file an affidavit after meeting the departments concerned on steps taken by the government and also asked the parties to suggest necessary measures to prevent such mishaps in future. The court posted the matter for further hearing on November 17.
A division bench, comprising chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, passed the orders on a petition taken up suo moto by the court taking cognizance of the news reports on the tragic incident.
Mandi additional superintendent of police informed the court that investigation had been taken to a logical end and final reports in terms of Section 173 (2) of CrPC had been filed in the competent court.
Advocate general also informed the court that challan had been presented against the accused before the Mandi judicial magistrate.