Delhi teacher given life imprisonment for murdering student

July 4th, 2008 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Terming the student-teacher relationship a “pious” one, a city court Friday awarded life imprisonment to a teacher who pushed his 15-year-old student to her death from the roof of a west Delhi coaching institute in 2001. Additional Sessions Judge D.K. Sharma also fined Ravi Kumar Ghai Rs.20,000.

“The murder was committed in a cold-blooded manner and the accused has betrayed the pious relationship between teacher and student, so he deserves nothing less than spending the rest of his life in jail,” the court ruled.

It was Sep 2, 2001, when Ghai, who runs a chartered accountant coaching institute in West Patel Nagar area, pushed his 15-year-old student from the roof of the building and fled to the class.

The prosecution relied upon 24 witnesses to prove the case.

During the investigation, police recovered some love letters from Ghai’s house allegedly written by the girl.

However, Ghai in his defence said she committed suicide because she was upset as she had not done well in her studies and could not fulfil the expectations of her parents.

The court rejected the contention and said it was a clear case of murder.

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