Student suicide: SC seeks explanation from head of Amity University

Student suicide: SC seeks explanation from head of Amity University

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Student suicide: SC seeks explanation from head of Amity University

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought explanation from founder of Amity University Ashok Chauhan on steps taken by him to help out a law student of the institution who had committed suicide after being denied to appear in exam due to poor attendance.

A bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit said that it was necessary for Chauhan to file affidavit to know his stand as the student Sushant Rohilla had written a mail to him before taking away his life.

The apex court in September last year had taken suo motu cognisance of a letter written by Rohilla’s friend Raghav Sharma to Chief Justice of India, blaming the Amity authorities for the suicide on August 10, 2016. The court had also appointed senior advocate F S Nariman as amicus curiae to assist in the case.

Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for the Amity University, told the bench that its law school had nothing to do with the University and there was no need to direct Chauhan to file affidavit. He said that law school was affiliated with the Indraprastha University and it followed rules and regulation of Bar Council of India.

“He is not involved in the administration of the University and Amity Law school is different from the University. He has nothing to do with the school,” Luthra said.

But his plea was opposed by senior advocate Fali S Nariman who contended that the Chauhan should be asked to explain what he had done after receiving mail.

The bench, thereafter, directed Chauhan to file affidavit and turned down the plea of Amity University. “Let him say on oath that he has nothing to do with law school. He may have perfect explanation but he must file affidavit,” the bench said.

Sharma’s letter written to CJI claimed that 20-year old Rohilla, who could not attend classes for quite some time due to reasons including his physical health, was depressed over the prospect of not being allowed to take the examination by the college because of lack of attendance. The letter sought that the apex court should take cognisance of the incident and order probe by an independent committee into such matters.