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Court reserves judgment on bail hearing in Kachru case

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court today reserved the judgment over propriety of order passed by a fast-track court in Dharamsala releasing accused in Aman Kachru ragging case on bail, while hearing the suo-motu case here today.

The high court had taken suo-motu action after the fast track court released the accused on bail on July 17, who were under detention for last 16 months. The single bench of Justice DD Sud today reserved the judgement for July 28 next after hearing arguments on behalf of the accused and the advocate general.

ADG submitted before the high court that the fast track court had ignored vital aspect of the case that by releasing accused on bail they can influence the remaining prosecution witnesses to their advantages. The defense, hailing the bail granted by the trail court after 16 months long custody, termed it justified as all the main key witnesses have been already produced before the court.

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 in Kangra district.

Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports regarding the bail on July 20, Justice Sud had asked the govt. that why the bail had 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 last Friday had not taken any decision on cancelling their bail, saying the matter has already been taken up by the high court. But the court has listed the matter for hearing Aug 2.

The magisterial inquiry conducted by the state government into the death of Kachru has concluded that the student died due to ragging.

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