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Delhi HC stays recovery of training expenses
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
The Delhi High Court has stayed the recovery of training expenses from a cadet of the College of Military Engineering (CME), who was discharged from the institute after he attempted to commit suicide.

Cadet Vipin Babu, according to the petition filed a few days ago, had tried to commit suicide after he was ragged continuously by seniors at the CME, Pune. Prior to this he had been hospitalised for hydrosol, due to which he was placed in the low medical category.

After the cadet consumed a large quantity of Brasso, a cleaning fluid, he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Military Hospital, Kirkee. Later that night, two officers from the college came to the ICU and tried to get a statement from him, but were not allowed to do so by the duty nursing officer. Later, the officers, the petition stated, managed to obtain his signature on a blank paper.

Vipin remained in hospital for two weeks, during which period, the petition alleged, his family in Delhi was not even informed of the incident despite the fact that he was on the hospital's dangerously ill list. Vipinís father is an Air Force warrant officer posted at Palam.

A day before Vipin was discharged from hospital, his father was asked by the CME authorities to come to the college immediately as his son was likely to be discharged from the college on disciplinary grounds. The day Vipin was discharged from the hospital, he was directed to march up to the CME Commandant's office. He was told that he was being discharged from the CME on disciplinary grounds for theft of money from his course mates.

Counsel for the petitioner, Major K. Ramesh said that Vipinís withdrawal from the college within two hours after his discharge from the hospital, and that too without serving a show cause notice, is totally illegal and questionable. Major Ramesh also contended that no court of inquiry was ordered to ascertain the facts of the case. He also contended that if Vipin had stolen money, there was no record of any complainant or the amount of money that was stolen.

The next day his father was asked to deposit Rs 5 lakh with CME as remittance for the cost of training for two semesters, which Vipin underwent at the college. When repeated communication with CME did not resolve the matter, he moved the High Court. He has also sought quashing of the CMEís withdrawal order.

 



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