Bail of ragging accused quashed

Noting that the bail order was against the law, Justice D D Sud said: “The order passed by the trial court granting bail to the accused is against the law... accordingly quashed and set aside.”

“The trial court would proceed with recording of the evidence on the date (August 2) already fixed and would ensure that the trial is conducted from day-to-day. The court would ensure that no undue and unnecessary adjournments are granted to either side,” Justice Sud observed in a 37-page order.

The court also directed the accused to surrender in the fast track trial court at Dharamsala on Thursday by 10 am. The fast track court granted bail to Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma on July 17 after 16 months of custody.

Setting aside the bail order, the high court said that “the trial court ignored that three of the accused (Naveen, Abhinav and Mukul) are also involved in another criminal case.”

During the arguments, Advocate General R K Bawa, who represented the government, said the trial court has shown undue haste in granting bail to the accused without considering the fact that the recording of the evidence would come to an end on August 6.

Aman, 19, died on March 8, 2009, a few hours after being subjected to intense physical ragging allegedly by four final-year students of Rajendra Prasad Medical College in  Kangra district.

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