//Chargesheet filed against accused in Ragging Case

Chargesheet filed against accused in Ragging Case

KOTTAYAM: Chargesheet was filed against the nine accused in the sensational SME ragging case in the First Class Magistrate Court, Ettumanoor, on Wednesday. Six senior students of SME, among the accused, have been charged with committing seven offences, including gang-rape, and in accordance with the provisions of the Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act.

The voluminous chargesheet, running to 350 pages, was framed after the investigations were completed in a record time of 65 days. The case, charged by the Gandhinagar police as crime no: 513/2005, is based on the alleged ragging and torture, including rape, of a first year BSc Nursing student by six of her seniors.

The charges levelled by the investigating team against Renjith Varghese, the prime accused and five of his colleagues, who are co-accused, are illegal restraint (IPC S 342), molestation (S 354), procuring a girl for rape (S 366(A)), administration of psychotropic substance (S 328), gang-rape (S 376 (2) (G)) and criminal intimidation (S 506(2)). They have also been charged under S 4 of the Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act. The accused students other than the prime accused and listed as two to six are Sherin, Safeeq Yusuf, Ashly Varghese, Robin Paul and Dhivin Philip.

K.M.Mariam, suspended principal of SME and the seventh accused, K.N.Muraleedharan Nair, sacked director of SME and the eighth accused, and Dr Saibuneesa Beevi, head of the psychiatry department, MCH, Kottayam, and the ninth accused in the case, have been charged with conspiracy (S 120(B)), destruction of evidence (S 201), not giving rightful information to the police (S 202) and framing an incorrect document to save an accused (S 218). Mariam has been charged under S 4 of the Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act also.

One hundred and fifteen witnesses were questioned and 86 documents and 25 material objects were collected in the case