Himachal high court adjourned bail hearing in Aman Kachru case till Monday



Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court has adjourned till Monday the bail hearing of the four medical students accused of ragging first year student Aman Kachru last year leading to his death.

Justice DD Sud gave both the parties an opportunity to discuss the case regarding the bail granted to the accused. The four accused – Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma – had been granted bail by a Dharamsala fast-track court July 17, after 16 months of custody.

Aman Kachru, 19, died March 8, 2009, a few hours after being allegedly ragged by the four final-year students of the Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Tanda town of Kangra district. Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports regarding the bail, Justice DD Sud had on Thursday asked the government why the bail should not be cancelled.

The state had already moved the fast-track court for setting aside the bail to the students, who were charged with murder (section 302 of the Indian Penal Code). The fast-track court judge Purinder Vaidya on Friday had not taken any decision on canceling their bail, saying the matter had already been taken up by the high court. But the court listed the matter for hearing on August 2.

The magisterial inquiry conducted by the state government into the death of Kachru had concluded that the student died due to ragging. The inquiry report said many first-year students, including Kachru, were subjected to intense physical ragging in the early hours on March 7, 2009.

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