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Chargesheet filed in Ghaziabad student death

The school authorities had also moved the high court in a bid to quash the FIR lodged by Sehgals.

noida Updated: Feb 15, 2018 22:51 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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There have been several protests and rallies seeking CBI investigation in the matter.(Sakib Ali/HT File)

The Ghaziabad police has completed its investigation into the death of Arman Sehgal, who was a class 4 student at GD Goenka School in Indirapuram. On August 1, Arman had collapsed on the second floor of the school, outside his classroom, and was declared dead after he was rushed to a nearby hospital.

His parents, Swati and Gulshan Sehgal, lodged an FIR against school authorities and registered an FIR under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code at Indirapuram police station. They also filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking action in the case and were directed to approach the Allahabad high court.

The school authorities had also moved the high court in a bid to quash the FIR lodged by Sehgals. The high court, in the last hearing on January 16, had directed the investigating agency — the Ghaziabad police — to complete the investigation at the earliest and file a police report within three weeks.

Hindustan Times has learnt that the Ghaziabad police filed a chargesheet at Ghaziabad court and named several officials of the school in it. Also, the police filed the report under sections 304a (causing death by negligence) and 201 of the IPC, as against the original sections of 304 and 201 of the IPC, under which the Sehgals lodged their FIR.

The investigating officer (IO) Dr Rakesh Kumar Mishr, circle officer (Indirapuram), declined to comment.

“We have completed the investigation and will be submitting the required documents to the high court, as it is monitoring the case. At this point, we cannot comment whether the police has filed a chargesheet or a final report. We will let you know once the documents are submitted to the court on February 16,” HN Singh, senior superintendent of police, Ghaziabad, said.

On the other hand, Sehgals said that the IO had informed them that the police filed a chargesheet in the case.

“We have been told that a chargesheet is filed in the case and also that Section 304 of the IPC has been changed to Section 304a of the IPC, which is a lenient section. It is our legal position that Section 304 of the IPC should have been mentioned in the chargesheet. We will take legal recourse for this and will also demand a CBI inquiry as we are not satisfied with the police investigation,” Gulshan Sehgal, Arman’s father, said.

Ankur Malhotra, chairman of the GD Goenka School, Indirapuram, said the police did not inform him about the chargesheet.

“The police have not informed us about the chargesheet until now. We don’t know if the police are working under some pressure. In case they filed a chargesheet, we will contest it and go for quashing it, legally. We have our own evidence and there cannot be a chargesheet,” he said.

“We will get to know the facts submitted by the police during the hearing on February 16. Nobody wants a child to die and we have full sympathy with the angry parents,” he added.

Following the FIR and requests by Sehgals, the Ghaziabad district magistrate had also ordered for a magisterial inquiry in the case. An examination by forensic experts and the opinion of a panel of doctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences was also taken up to know more about the sequence of events and the causes of the child’s death.

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 22:51 IST