As educational institutions brace for the next academic session, the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a fresh set of directions asking them to deal with students indulging in ragging in the strictest possible manner, including immediate suspension from the institution.
A bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat, which had earlier directed educational institutions to implement the Raghvan committee recommendations to check the ragging menace, asked all the states and Union territories to act in terms of the guidelines formulated by the committee.
Maintaining that delay in taking action in many cases would frustrate the purpose, the court said, “if the authorities are prima facie satisfied about the errant act of any student, they can in appropriate cases pending final decision, suspend the student from the institution and the hostel, if any, and give opportunity to him to have his say (later).”
The court directed the heads of educational institutions to immediately inform the police in case any incident of ragging came his their notice and set the criminal law in motion.
The court gave liberty to the universities and controlling bodies like University Grants Commission (UGC) to reduce the grants in aid and deny it completely in serious cases, if it came to their notice that any educational institution was trying to shield errant students.
Asking regulatory bodies like UGC to frame the requisite regulations, which shall be binding on the institutions functioning under them.