A local court on Saturday refused to summon Rajender Prasad, principal of Delhi University's Ramjas College, in connection with the admission racket at the institution, saying "making him a suspect is not justified".
In a much-needed respite to the beleaguered head of the DU college, the court observed that the prosecution did not have enough evidence to warrant summons to Prasad.
"There is absolutely no evidence collected by the prosecution to connect the principal (Dr Prasad) of the college who was the complainant with the commission of the offence," said Metropolitan Magistrate Devender Nain.
"Making him a suspect is not justified," he said adding that "there is no material with the prosecution to show that the principal was negligent in the matter of admission".
The court also held that the members of the admission committee, including its convener, who were also named as suspects, could not be summoned as the police specifically mentioned in the chargesheet that there was no evidence on record to link them to the case.
The Delhi Police had made the principal suspect on the basis of the statement by an accused, Tau, that he had paid "consideration" to the principal.
But the court found various anomalies in Tau's statements, which raised serious doubts on prosecution theory.
"It may be noted that it was the principal (Dr. Rajender Prasad) who made the complaint regarding the fake admissions through his letter dated September 27, 2011," the court said. It also noted that while a complaint was received on October 5, the police registered an FIR only on November 15, 2011.
The police have filed a total of 30 chargesheets in the admission scam in which over 36 students gained admission in the college by way of fake marksheets and dubious means.