A local on Thursday rejected the bail application of Geo Varghese, the suspended PTI of St Xavier’s School who was arrested in connection with the suicide by a class 9 student
. The PTI had been arrested on May 4 after the family members of the student – Nitant Raj Lata – registered an FIR with the police accusing the tutor of harassment.
The bail application was rejected by additional district judge court – 17. A public prosecutor argued in the court that Nitant had sent a WhatsApp message to a friend saying that the PTI was specifically targeting him. The lawyer told the court that the PTI scolded Nitant in front of other children and told him that he was a stigma. The lawyer also argued that the PTI harassed Nitant on April 19 and April 25.
Nitant had hanged himself from the ceiling of his study room in his house in Krishna Colony in Sodala on the intervening night of April 25 and April 26. His family members registered an FIR four days after the incident after they found a suicide note from his room, mentioning the name of the PTI and words such as “Needed Justice”.
The Sodala police had arrested physical training instructor (PTI) Geo Varghese of St Xavier’s School in Nevta in connection with the case of suicide by 14-year-old student Nitant
. The PTI was booked for inciting the student to commit suicide based on the complaint filed by the family members and the suicide note left by the victim.
The victim argued that he taught students of up to Class 5, while Nitant was studying in Class 9. He hardly knew Nitant, so it was not possible for him to haras him. He might have asked Nitant to return to his class in case he was found wandering on the grounds.
The school had suspended the PTI
and formed a six-member committee to investigate the allegations against him.
First published: May 11, 2018