High Court increases fine in Aman Kachroo ragging death case

Shimla: Upholding the trial court judgement, the Himachal Pradesh High Court convicted all four students accused of causing death of Aman Kachroo, sentencing them to four years of imprisonment.

However, the division bench of Justice RB Mishra and Justice Surinder Singh today enhanced the fine on the convicts from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh. kachroo

Kachroo was first year student of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Govt. Medical College Tanda in March 2009, whereas the three accused Navin Kumar Verma, Ajay Verma and Mukul Sharma were the second year students of the same college.

One of the accused Abhinav Verma was doing his internship at the time of incident.

As per the prosecution charges, all the four accused persons had gone to the first year students’ hostel in inebriated state during the intervening night of 6th and 7thMarch, 2009.

They made the junior students stand in a line and beat them up. Kachroo was slapped and his head pushed against a wall, due to which he suffered perforation in one of his ears. His condition deteriorated the next day and he died on March 8. All accused were less than 21 years of age at that time.

The trial was held before the district judges’ court at Dharamshala in Kangra who held all the four accused guilty of the crime and sentenced them to four years’ imprisonment on November 11, 2010.

The trial acquitted the accused persons of charges murder charges under Sections 302, 323 and 506 IPC, however they were convicted of the charges under Sections 304-II, 342, 352 & 34 IPC.

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