August 23, 2021, 7:06 PM

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The Gauhati High Court has granted bail to a IIT student, accused of raping a fellow student, while saying that both of them are state’s ‘future assets.’ The boy is a student of BTech at IIT Guwahati.

The complainant is a second-year of chemical engineering at IIT-Guwahati. She alleged that the accused lured her to the premises of a school on the pretext of discussing her responsibilities as the joint secretary of the Finance and Economic Club at the institute. She alleged that the accused made her unconscious by forcibly administering alcohol, and then raped her.

Justice Ajit Borthakur, in an order dated August 13, said that there was a clear prima facie case as alleged by the complainant. However, the judge noted that the investigation in the case has been completed.

The order read: “Both the informant/victim girl and the accused are the state's future assets being talented students pursuing technical courses at the IIT Guwahati. Continuation of detention of the accused, if charges are framed, may not be necessary.”

The order further stated: “A perusal of the list of witnesses too, cited in the charge-sheet, this Court finds no possibility of the accused tampering with their evidence or influencing them directly or indirectly, if released on bail.”

The court also said: “It is pertinent to be mentioned that it is judicially well settled that while dealing with a bail application, the Court is not called upon to discuss the merits or demerits of the evidence available against the accused. But some reasons for prima facie concluding while bail is being granted need to be indicated in brief.”

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