Kochi, Apr 10:
The vice principal of an engineering college at Thrissur, arrested in a case of alleged suicide by a college student was granted interim bail by the Kerala High Court today.
Justice Abraham Mathew granted interim bail to Thrissurs Nehru College of Engineering Vice Principal N K Sakthivel stipulating that he must not enter the college premises.
The bail was granted a day after Sakthivel was arrested from Annoor in Coimbatore by a Special Investigation Team probing the case.
The court also asked the vice principal not to participate in the day-to-day matters of the institute, while granting him the bail on a bond of Rs 50,000 with two sureties for the same amount.
The court also criticised the police for arresting Sakthivel while his anticipatory bail plea was pending before it.
The special public prosecutor opposed the bail plea, saying that there was no legal hurdle in arresting the accused as there was no specific order of the court against arresting him.
The family of engineering student Jishnu Pranoy, who had allegedly committed suicide, meanwhile, ended their indefinite fast late last night after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assured them that all the accused in the case would be brought to book. The chief minister had called up Mahija, Jishnus mother, and assured her that steps would be taken to book all the accused in the case.
Jishnu, a first year student of the college, was found hanging in the college hostel in January this year.
Sakthivel was arrested after the government formed a Special Investigation Team and announced Rs one lakh reward to persons giving information on the absconding accused in the case. PTI COR TGB APR RAX DK
(Press Trust of India)