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Amity Law School director, another faculty member quit; report blames Sushant’s dad

The duo was accused of harassing him for attendance. Slogans like ‘Sushant has got justice’ echoed the campus. 

The Amity Law School has confirmed that its director, BP Sehgal, and Isheeta Rutabhasini, a permanent faculty member at the institute, have resigned. 

Meanwhile, the interim report of a fact-finding committee, constituted by the college, has given a clean chit to the faculty members and has blamed Sushant for low attendance. In the report, it claimed that Sushant was  given benefits of extra attendance. In the 5-page interim report, of which Millennium Post has a copy, the panel has accused his father for not meeting the faculty members before the examination, despite being requested to do so. 

In the report, the seven-member panel, including chairperson RP Singh, has stated that Sushant was an average student and his classroom attendance was only 29 per cent. Even after giving additional attendance for extra activities, his attendance stood 43 per cent much less than 65 per cent – mandatory to appear for semester exams.

The report clearly states that the faculty was following regulations laid down by IP University. Also the college fulfilled its duties in continuously informing Sushant and his father about his short attendance and its consequences, which could even lead to detainment. 

However, it must be mentioned that the appearing list of IP university shows that Sushant was allowed to take the examination.

Millennium Post was the first to report that the college authorities had demanded the resignation of Sehgal, and Rutabhasini, while the two were sent on a ‘forced’ leave by the management. Sushant (21) was a meritorious student and had brought laurels to the college in many moot court competitions. Sushant reportedly was depressed after he learnt in August that he would have to repeat the second year. He was reportedly not allowed to take the 6th semester tests in June due to lack of attendance. 

From October 2015 to February 2016, Sushant was involved in organising the college’s annual National Moot Court Competition, during which he missed many classes. Besides, he had met with an accident in 2015, in which he had suffered a severe injury in the foot and was advised bed rest. 

Then, too, he had missed a few classes. As a result, he was unable to achieve 65 per cent attendance – mandatory for the semester exam. Sushant had only 43 per cent attendance.

In July-end, Sushant and 18 other students learnt that they were ineligible for admission to the new academic year. After which, Sushant was allegedly depressed and hanged himself at his Sarojini Nagar’s residence on August 10. His father is a joint director in the Rajya Sabha, while his mother is a school teacher. His sister claimed to have forwarded an e-mail, written by Sushant, to Ashok Chauhan, founder and president of Amity Group of Institutions, seeking help, but in vain.
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