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No respite from ragging: ASG to SC
R Sedhuraman
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, April 2
Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium today informed the Supreme Court that incidents of campus ragging were continuing unabated despite its series of directives to the authorities to curb the menace.

Even after the court had, earlier this week, heard the cases relating to the ragging incidents in Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh and directed the immediate suspension of the officials concerned, such happenings had been reported from the Birla Institute of Technology, Jharkhand, and other places, the ASG said.

The ASG, who is the Amicus Curiae on the issue, was arguing before a Bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat the case relating to the suicide attempt by a girl student of the Government Agriculture Engineering College, Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, due to ragging. The ASG suggested that the court should frame separate guidelines for cases involving death due to ragging, covering the nature of abetment and punishment.

Senior counsel PP Rao, appearing for Andhra Pradesh, said the state government would file a status report on the magisterial inquiry and the in-house committee findings. He agreed that ragging should be dealt with sternly.

The ASG said Jawaharlal Nehru University professors had come out with some proposals on the issue and this could be tagged with the AP, HP cases. The Bench has listed the next hearing for April 13, while the Aman Satya Kachroo ragging-death case would come up on April 20.

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