Dharamsala: In a new twist to the Aman Kachroo ragging case, a Himachal Pradesh court has received an anonymous letter, purportedly written by a police official, saying the victim talked to his girlfriend on phone before his end. The letter suggested that the girl, who is based in Delhi, should also be called as her testimony could prove vital to the case.
Taking cognizance of the six-page letter, presiding officer of the fast track court Purinder Vaidya on Thursday asked prosecution and defense to assist the court in the matter.
Aman, a first-year student of the Rajendra Prasad Medical College, died on March 8, 2009, a few hours after being allegedly ragged by four final-year students.
A copy of the letter has been provided to both prosecution and defense, asking them to file their responses to it by October 8. The letter also contained some mobile phone details. The anonymous writer claimed to be working with police.
Special Public Prosecutor Jiwan Lal Sharma said: "We have received a copy of the letter and the reply would be filed soon." The court has fixed October 8 as the next date of hearing.
Aman’s father Rajendra Kachroo has deposed before the fast track court and narrated in detail the sequence of events that led to his son’s death. Kachroo told the court on August 28 that his son spoke to him in detail about the incident of ragging.
The court on August 2 resumed the trial against four medical students — Ajay Verma, Naveen Verma, Abhinav Verma and Mukul Sharma — after they surrendered on cancellation of their bail by the Himachal Pradesh High Court.