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HC raps police for seeking time to probe law student's suicide

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High today pulled up the Police for seeking two months time to complete the investigation in a case of alleged suicide by a student of Amity University. The asked the police what it has gathered from the investigation so far and why it required more time. "From the time you received the complaint, what preliminary enquiry have you conducted? You tell us how much time you are going to take to complete the probe," a bench of justice Siddharth Mridul and Najmi Waziri said. When Police Standing Counsel Rahul Mehra said they needed two months as the investigation was going on, the bench shot back, "we know it is going on. It's on for last one year. But for how long will it go?" "You have to follow the statutory provisions. The victims' friends have already been examined and you have also examined his parents and sister. When are you going to complete it," the bench asked. The also asked several questions to the university, including about the safeguards if a student was in difficulty and what practices are followed by it. "Students in today's age are under tremendous pressure and they need counselling.

Even in schools you have the facility of counselling. We want to know what system you had in place when you knew there would be students who would have difficulties," the bench asked the University. Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Akhil Sibal, appearing for the University, said the college had no idea that Sushant Rohilla who had allegedly committed suicide was disturbed and going through all this. The bench said it was the duty of the institution to protect the students and asked what system does it have to prevent such incidents. "There is a duty to care for students on roll with you. What assistance you give to students on mental status," the bench asked the University. The made the oral observations while hearing a plea initiated by the Supreme in September last year on the alleged suicide by a student of Amity University. The matter was transferred to the High in March. Sushant Rohilla, a third year student of Amity had hung himself at his home here on August 10, 2016 after the university allegedly barred him from sitting for the semester exams due to lack of requisite attendance. He left behind a note saying he was a failure and did not wish to live.

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First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 21:02 IST