The rustication of Utsav Kadam, the prime accused of the IIT Guwahati rape case, has been withdrawn following a court order.
The Gauhati High Court, in an order dated October 7, 2021, said, “Learned senior counsel for the respondents in the IIT, upon instruction, has made a statement that the authorities in the IIT would like to proceed against the petitioner by giving adequate opportunity as required under the law. In view of such a statement, it is to be understood that the impugned order of termination would not be acted upon. However, it would be open for the respondents in the IIT to proceed in any manner by following any procedure and any requirement as may be available under the law.”
On September 6, 2021, Utsav Kadam was expelled from IIT-G following a special meeting of the Senate. The IIT-G Senate was unanimous in their decision and opined that the reported acts of gross indiscipline perpetrated by the accused, violating the Students’ Code of Conduct, had to be strictly dealt with by the institute.
“The Senate upheld the recommendation of the SDC to terminate Mr. Utsav Uday Kadam (Roll No 180107076) from the Institute with immediate effect,” the Senate added.
On August 16, 2021, the Gauhati High Court granted bail to Utsav Kadam on grounds that the accused is a future asset being a talented student pursuing a technical course at IIT–Guwahati and the court finds no possibility of the accused tampering with the evidence if released on bail. The order caused a huge furore, following which the victim spoke exclusively to EastMojo and said she too expected justice in this case, and that she was as much an asset to the nation as any other student of IIT.
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