Kolkata: The petition of the father of Rouvanjit Rawla, who committed suicide after allegedly being caned by a teacher of the La Martiniere School here last year, seeking change of the public prosecutor questioning his neutrality was rejected by a Fast Track Court here on Saturday.

R N Malik, judge of the Fast Track 3rd Court at Bankshall Court, rejected the petition filed by Ajay Rawla seeking change of public prosecutor (PP) Ganesh Maity, questioning his neutrality and directed commencement of proceedings in the
case.

Maity submitted documents before the court in support of the trial of the four teachers under charges of abetment to suicide. The matter was adjourned for the day and would be heard again on April 2.

A magistrate had on November 19, ordered that the four teachers be tried under section 305 (abetment to suicide of a child), section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) and section 34 (common intention) of the IPC. Under Section 305, death penalty can be awarded.

The teachers of the school challenged this before a Chief Sessions Judge, who kept open the issue saying that Section 305 would be decided by the trial judge during framing of charges.

Rouvanjit was found hanging at his residence on February 12, last year, four days after being allegedly caned by the principal for misbehaviour and disobedience.

Principal Sunirmal Chakravarti and the three teachers - Garnian, Partho Dutta and David Raun - were arrested on October 4, 2010 for the suicide of the Class VII student. They were given bail the same day by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate as all the Sections of IPC they were charged with were bailable.

Ajay Rawla had filed a police complaint at the Shakespeare Sarani police station here four months after the incident.