IIT-Madras professors summoned by City Crime Branch

Chennai: The City Crime Branch (CCB) has issued summons to three professors of IIT-Madras for an inquiry into the suicide of student Fathima Latheef.

The staff members- Sudharsan Padmnabhan, Hemachandran Karah and Milind Brahme- were mentioned in the alleged suicide note left by Fathima. They were asked to appear for questioning today.

Abdul Lathif, Fathima’s father, was quizzed by the CCB team to understand the events which led to the suicide.

On 9 November, Fathima, a student of Humanities and Development Studies, ended her life at the college hostel.

A suicide note on her mobile phone and tablet claimed the three professors had harassed her. Initially, it was alleged that the victim was under academic pressure, but it came to light that in the recently conducted internals, she had topped in all subjects, except for one.

On 14 November, city commissioner AK Viswanathan visited the campus and conducted an inquiry. He said the CCB would probe in to the death.

The investigation is led by Additional Commissioner, CCB, C Eswaramoorthy and supervised by Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Nehalina.

NT Bureau