MSU professor gets bail in ragging case
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M S University professor Mayur Gupta, who was arrested on Saturday for his alleged involvement in a ragging incident, was granted bail by a magistrate on Sunday even as police sent an alleged CD of the incident to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Gandhinagar for analysis.
Being a Sunday, Prof Gupta, who is reader at the Department of Architecture of Faculty of Technology of MSU, was produced before a magistrate by Sayajigunj police late in the evening. However, police did not seek his custody and the magistrate granted bail to the accused.
"We had to make the arrest since he has been named in the FIR. However, charges against him do not warrant his custodial interrogation so we did not seek his remand," Sayajigunj police inspector A B Saiyad told The Indian Express.
Prof Gupta was arrested by police on Saturday evening. He and five third-year students of the department, Nisha Panchal, Vivek Panchal Kunal Patel, Parth Patel, Nirmal Shah have been booked for criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement for allegedly ragging Harshvardhan Sutariaya, a first-year student.
The five had allegedly forced Sutariya to do obscene acts on the premises of the department, while Prof Gupta is also alleged to have passed objectionable remarks about ragging incident. He is the first faculty of the varsity to be arrested by police in a ragging case.
Sutariaya's father Ramesh Sutariya had lodged the complaint with Sayajigunj police on last Wednesday naming the six as accused.
Meanwhile, Sayajigunj police said they had sent the alleged CD of the incident to FSL in Gandhinagar for analysis. The CD contains a video clip shot by a mobile phone and showing boy-students being made to dance by wearing clothes of girls.
The police said the accused students would also be arrested soon.
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