Probe if SC anti-ragging guidelines were adhered to at IIT hostels, Calcutta HC tells cops, Legal News, ET LegalWorld – Legal Firms


KHARAGPUR: The Calcutta High Court has asked police to investigate whether Supreme Court’s anti-ragging guidelines were followed at IIT-Kharagpur hostels. The order came after the parents of Faizan Ahmed, a third-year mechanical engineering student who was found dead on October 14, sought a probe by CID or a Special Investigation Team (SIT).

In his three-page order, Justice Rajasekhar Mantha said: “It is expected that West Midnapore SP shall investigate whether the Supreme Court’s anti-ragging guidelines were in place at the hostels of IIT-Kharagpur. It shall also be ascertained as to whether the CCTV footage were in place. Every effort should be made to trace out the last person contacted by the deceased from his phone.”

The petition filed by the parents had cited a particular Facebook post, ostensibly uploaded by IIT students who suggested that Faizan had protested against his seniors at RP Hall of Residence. His parents questioned whether Faizan leaving the RP Hall to stay in LLR Hall, which was not the hostel room he was allocated, had anything to do with his death.

West Midnapore SP Dinesh Kumar said: “The investigation is on. All aspects are being probed into. Senior officers are supervising the investigation.”

IIT-Kharagpur registrar Tamal Nath added: “IIT-Kharagpur has formed a fact-finding team. The report has not been submitted. If asked for, we will submit it in court.” Anirudha Mitra, the lawyer of Faizan’s parents Salim and Rehana, said: “Police have been asked to probe all aspects.”

The Calcutta High Court has sought the statements made to police, including the statement of hostel boarders of LLR Hostel’s room 206 (where the body was found on October 14). It has also asked for the post-mortem report and the viscera report when it hears the case next on November 10. “It is expected that the IIT, Kharagpur authorities shall extend all co-operation in the investigation,” the HC said.


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