The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the immediate suspension of the principal of Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, for dereliction of duty in connection with the death of medical student Amann Kachroo.
Kachroo reportedly died after suffering relentless ragging by his seniors.
The apex court also took note of a similar incident in a college in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, in which a girl attempted suicide after being forced by seniors to dance in the nude.
The court directed the Himachal Pradesh government to put principal Suresh Sankhayan under suspension. Sankhayan, who quit immediately after Kachroo’s death, continues to teach in the college. “It would not be in the interest of the institution and the student community if the principal is allowed to be in the college,” Justice Pasayat said.
The order came after Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium apprised the bench of the additional district magistrate’s report indicting the college administration for the incident and the lapses leading to Kachroo’s death.
The bench also asked the Raghavan Committee to inquire into the incident and submit a report within two weeks. The matter will heard again on April 20.
Kachroo’s father Raj said, “I am happy with today’s proceedings but we have to ensure such incidents don’t happen in future.”
The court also sought an explanation from the Andhra government as to why no case has been registered against the principal of Bapatla Agriculture & Engineering College.