NEW DELHI: The suicide of Sushant Rohilla, a student at Amity University in Noida has “an element of suspicion about whether it was due to harassment” said the Supreme Court today, appointing top lawyer Fali Nariman to assist it in the case.
The 20 year old student at Amity’s law school, Rohilla killed himself at his house last month after being told he could not take his third year exams because he did not have sufficient attendance. His suicide note said he felt like a failure.
His classmates have alleged harassment by his teachers and after his death, they took to social media and protests on campus to demand action against his professors, two of whom have resigned.
Rohilla’s friend, Raghav Sharma, who is also a student at Amity, has written to the Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, asking for Amity to be tried for aiding Rohilla’s suicide. His letter is being treated by judges as a Public Interest Litigation or PIL.
An investigation conducted by the privately-run university has concluded that professors followed policies correctly on attendance. Officials informed judges that Mr Rohilla and his parents had been warned via email about insufficient attendance.
“See to it that such incidents don’t happen again,” the Supreme Court said, as it asked Amity Law School to formally present all facts relevant to Mr Rohilla’s case.