The four convicts in the Aman Kachroo ragging case have been allowed to complete their MBBS degrees. The permission has been granted by the State Government here but with a rider that they will not be given government jobs within the State.
Aman Satya Kachroo, a first-year MBBS student at Tanda Medical College in Dharamsala, was ragged to death by four senior students on March 8, 2009. On November 11, 2010, a court sentenced Ajay Verma, Navin Verma, Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma to four years og rigorous imprisonment. The medical students of could not study further due to the registration of criminal cases and the subsequent sentences.
The students, after completing the prison term, had appealed to the government here to be allowed to finish their course. “The State government after taking the legal opinion of the State Law Department has allowed them to sit for further studies since education is a fundamental right for all,” said Health and Law Minister Kaul Singh Thakur.
The government is also believed to have sought the Medical Council of India’s permission to get them readmitted.
Reacting to the development, Aman’s father Rajendra Kachroo, who ran a campaign against ragging and launched an anti-ragging helpline, called it a setback in the larger context of the campaign. Nobody is against their (the convicts) rehabilitation but that doesn’t mean that they would be given a same position as earlier, he said. It is for the Government of India, judiciary, MCI and UGC to take a call on this since they were the agencies to support the eradication of ragging, he added.
The government is yet to decide if these students will continue their course in Tanda or to be admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.