Thursday, February 04, 2010

Engineering student seeks compensation for ragging

CHENNAI: Alleging that he was ragged and thrown from the fourth floor of the hostel building by some senior students, an engineering student has moved the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the State government to pay an interim compensation of Rs.5 lakh for treatment.

Justice K.Venkataraman ordered notice regarding admission returnable in two weeks. He also allowed private notice.

In his petition, Shoban Babu of Melur in Madurai district stated that he was doing first year in mechanical engineering at the Hindustan College of Engineering, Otthakaal Mandapam, Coimbatore, and staying in the hostel.

On October 22, 2009 some identifiable senior students demanded money from him for a party. When he refused, he was ragged and also threatened.

He complained to the hostel warden, who assured him that he would take action against the seniors. The same day, the seniors took him to the fourth floor and assaulted him.

When he raised an alarm, other students staying in the hostel came to his rescue. The petitioner alleged that he was thrown from the fourth floor. He became unconscious, his spinal cord was injured and his leg fractured.

He regained consciousness and was able to speak only on January 10.

He prayed the court to direct the authorities to entrust the CB CID with the case for a fair investigation.

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