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  • Amity student suicide case: SC seeks affidavit from founder president

    February 07, 2017

    The SC has directed the founder president of Amity University, Noida, Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, to file an affidavit giving an account of the action taken in the alleged suicide case of law student Sushant Rohilla.

    The SC bench looking into the matter stated that it was necessary for the founder president to file an affidavit in order to know his stand in the matter, as the student had committed suicide after writing a mail to him, stating the reasons of his suicide.

    The SC in September last year, had taken suo motu cognizance 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 counsel Siddharth Luthra, appearing on behalf of Amity University, told the SC bench that Amity Law School IP, to which Rohilla belonged, is affiliated to a government run university, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University  and Amity University has no relation  with the same. Hence, there is no good reason to seek an affidavit from Chauhan.

    The contention put forward by Luthra 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.

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

    In the present matter, it has been claimed that that 20-year-old Rohilla, who could not attend classes for quite some time due 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.


    OUR TAKE

    The bench decision to direct Chauhan to file an affidavit is justified. The facts of the incident clearly state that the victim had mailed the founder president before committing suicide and thus, it becomes Chauhan’s duty, being the founder president of the University, to inform the court about actions that have been taken post the incident, in order to inspect the real reasons of the suicide and involvement of University administration.


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