Dharamsala: A fast track court today sentenced all four medical students to four years of imprisonment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in Aman Kachroo ragging death case.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Purinder Vaidya also imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 each on the convicted students and held the students guilty under sections 304 II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intention) of IPC.
During arguments on the quantum of sentence, the defense counsel pleaded for leniency on grounds that the accused were young, had a good academic record and family background. He sought probation, saying the accused had completed various academic courses, including human rights and disaster management during their detention period and deserved a chance to reform.
Public prosecutor Jivan Lal Sharma, however, submitted that the crime committed by the accused deserved no leniency and minor punishment to them would encourage like-minded people in society. He pleaded for deterrent punishment of not less than 10 years.
Reacting to the judgment, Aman Kachroo’s father Rajendra Kachroo said he is disappointed with the quantum of punishment. Kachroo said one of the four accused had a violent background and instigated the others to indulge in ruthless ragging. “A distinction should have been made between the ring leader and the others. The ring leader should have received the severest punishment,” he said.
Aman, 19, died on March 8 last year after he was ragged by the four drunk seniors — Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma.