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Chancellor orders NLU Jodhpur to take back students expelled for ragging, as worse offenders only got wrist-slaps [READ ORDER]

Chancellor’s order pardoning NLUJ alleged raggers
Chancellor’s order pardoning NLUJ alleged raggers

Two NLU Jodhpur students, who were expelled from the law school for one year by its anti-ragging cell in July, saw their expulsion orders set aside by the university's chancellor, Rajasthan high court chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, as first reported by Bar & Bench.

The students - Pranav Promod and Shreyansh Bhandari - had appealed to the Rajasthan high court after they did not get a favourable result from their requested review of the cell's order.

Justice Nandrajog in his capacity as the university's chancellor set aside the order against Promod and Bhandari on the ground that other students had allegedly been guilty of graver harassment during the alleged ragging incident as described in the victim's testimony, yet had faced less stringent punishments than Promod and Bhandari.

</p><p>Promod and Bhandari had moved the university administration on 1 September for a review of the anti-ragging cell's order. The administration had then set up a review committee that re-affirmed the cell's order. The two students then filed an appeal before the high court on 8 September. The court first heard the case on 16 September before its Jodhpur bench. Final arguments were heard in the case on 25 September by the high court's Jaipur bench.

Promod and Bhandari had moved the university administration on 1 September for a review of the anti-ragging cell's order. The administration had then set up a review committee that re-affirmed the cell's order. The two students then filed an appeal before the high court on 8 September. The court first heard the case on 16 September before its Jodhpur bench. Final arguments were heard in the case on 25 September by the high court's Jaipur bench.

Justice Nandrajog said in his order that the complainant - the alleged victim of ragging who had since left NLU Jodhpur on account of the prevalence of a “culture of ragging” at the law school - had alleged in his statement before the anti-ragging cell that two other senior students involved in the incident had a far graver role to play in the “intense” ragging faced.

The anti-ragging cell, for no explained reasons, had not ordered expulsion of the other accused students, unlike Promod and Bhandari, observed Nandrajog.

The chancellor's order
The chancellor's order

The alleged incident of ragging, as per the victim's recorded statements, amounted to sexual abuse and harassment. Six students were found guilty by the anti-ragging cell, including Promod and Bhandari who were the only ones to be given expulsion orders.

The others were only fined and suspended.

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