HC seeks re­port from IIT-Kan­pur over stu­dents’ sus­pen­sion

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ▪

KAN­PUR: The Al­la­habad high court has sought a re­port from the In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Kan­pur (IIT-K) on the sus­pen­sion of 22 stu­dents over al­le­ga­tion of rag­ging of ju­niors on the in­ter­ven­ing night of Au­gust 19 and 20.

The order was passed by jus­tice Su­nita Agar­wal on Mon­day while hear­ing the case.

The sus­pended stu­dents had filed five sep­a­rate writs in the court against the order of the IIT-K se­nate sus­pend­ing them from one year to three years for the al­leged rag­ging.

The sus­pended stu­dents have sought re­vo­ca­tion of the order of the se­nate.

As per the se­nate order, the ac­cused stu­dents did not have the right of ap­peal till the pe­riod of their sus­pen­sion was com­pleted. The se­nate had sus­pended 16 stu­dents for three years (six semesters) and six stu­dents for one year (two semesters).

The stu­dents al­leged that they were not given an op­por­tu­nity to be heard and that the se­nate an­nounced its de­ci­sion on the re­port of the dean, stu­dents’ af­fairs, who had submitted his re­port to the se­nate on Septem­ber 5.

The se­nate, at its meet­ing on Septem­ber 12, ap­proved the re­port of the dean and sus­pended the stu­dents.

IIT-K act­ing di­rec­tor Dr Manin­dra Agar­wal said the mat­ter was with the reg­is­trar.

Reg­is­trar KK Ti­wari told HT that the se­nate was the high­est aca­demic body of the in­sti­tute and it would de­cide its course over the court’s di­rec­tives.

The IIT-K had noth­ing to do in the mat­ter, he added.

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