Sexual Assault Case: Sherwood principal surrenders before court
Nainital: Sherwood College principal Amandeep Sandhu, who has been accused of acting in violation of Section 21 of 2012 POCSO Act, filed an application for surrender before a sessions judge on Monday. The case will now be heard on Wednesday.
“Amandeep Sandhu appeared before the court and moved the application for surrender. The court scheduled the hearing for Wednesday for want of some documents from police,” said an advocate associated with the case.
On January 28, the Uttarakhand high court had ordered Sandhu to surrender before a sessions judge on or before February 10. In October 2014, a class IV student from Sherwood College was sexually assaulted by one of the security guards, a development that wasn’t reported to police by Sandhu. This amounted to the violation of the POCSO Act. However, the child’s father had approached cops and reported the case.
As per the POCSO Act, “Any person, being in-charge of any company or an institution (by whatever name called), who fails to report the commission of an offence in respect of a subordinate under his control shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year and with fine.”
Earlier, Sandhu had filed a petition in the high court requesting quashing of charges against him, arguing that he himself didn’t get in touch with police as the child’s parents had already reported the case.