Supreme Court orders J’pura VC to submit report on 2020 ragging incidentView(s):
By Ranjith Padmasiri
The Supreme Court has directed the Sri Jayewardenepura University Vice Chancellor to submit a report on action taken against senior students who ragged first-year students, including a petitioner who suffered near-fatal injuries three years ago.
The bench, comprising Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Shiran Gooneratne, and Priyantha Fernando, also directed the University Grants Commission to submit a report on the nature of ragging experienced by students and what action was taken against those who carried out ragging.
The order came during the hearing of a fundamental rights petition filed by the injured student, Pasindu Hirushan Silva, who sustained severe physical injuries and brain trauma after a large backhoe tyre was rolled down a flight of stairs at a party for first-year students on March 5, 2020.
The court noted that the university’s disciplinary committee report referred to extracts of Silva’s statement, which claimed that senior students subjected the freshers to assault, specifically students staying in residential halls. The Court noted that the Deputy Solicitor General submitted to the Court that several respondents had sought the assistance of the Attorney General with regard to representation and that the AG be granted further time to submit reports on behalf of the respondents.
The matter will be mentioned on October 11.
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