The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Monday issued notices to the home secretary and the police department on a petition filed by Ayush Bragta, a 13-year-old class 8 student who jumped off the third floor of a building of Glory International Public School on November 23.
A division bench comprising chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders following a petition accusing the police of "hushing up" an inquiry into the incident to "save" the school's officials.
Listing the matter for hearing on December 17, the court issued notice to the director general of police, Shimla SP and the Rohru police station house officer besides the home secretary and directed them to submit their replies before December 17.
The petitioner alleged three teachers of the school had beaten up Bragta, prompting him to jump off the building to save himself. He also alleged the police was "hand in glove" with the school authorities and did not conduct an investigation into the incident. He also alleged evidence against the suspects was being "compromised" by not collecting it at the earliest, resulting in erasing of CCTV footage relating to the incident by the school authorities.
The petitioner requested the court to transfer the probe to an investigating officer not below the rank of deputy-superintendent of police and to direct the Shimla SP to personally oversee the investigations and complete them in a time bound manner.
On November 24 the Rohru police registered an FIR against Glory International Public School for allegedly beating up the student. Ayush sustained injuries and was taken to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. The FIR was registered against the school on the basis of the complaints filed by the boy's grandfather, Krishan Lal. In his complaint, the latter alleged a teacher had beaten up the boy mercilessly.