It was a bad Friday for the 175-year-old La Martiniere for Boys School, as a Kolkata court charged the school’s principal and three other teachers with abetting Class 8 student Rouvanjit Rawla in suicide.
Apart from principal Sunirmal Chakravarthi, the three others — LG Ganian, David Ryon and Partha Dutta — are facing charges of abetment of suicide, which may attract punishment of up to life imprisonment.
The accused teachers are likely to move the high court.
On February 3, Rouvanjit was allegedly assaulted by the teachers and after three days on February 5, he committed suicide.
Rouvenjit’s father, Ajay Rawla, lodged a complaint with the police, accusing the principal and teachers of abetment of suicide. On October 4, the four were arrested on bailable charges.
But the magistrate later found there was sufficient evidence and charged them with non-bailable offences. “The court has the power to send the accused to jail when they appear on the next date of hearing,” said Rawlas’ advocate Amit Bhattacharya.