Chennai: The Tamil Nadu National Students' Union of India has filed a petition in the Madras high court on Thursday (November 21) seeking transfer of Fathuma Latheef suicide case investigation to the CBI. Fathima was a student of IIT Madras and had allegedly taken her own life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her hostel room. She was a native of Kerala and was pursuing an integrated MA programme at the institute.

Fathima had been residing at the Sarayu hostel in the campus. Following the incident, police, during its primary investigation, revealed that this was Fathima’s first stay away from family and that she had scored poorly in her internal exam.

Fathima's family has alleged that a senior faculty was responsible for her taking the extreme step.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras administration responded to two out of three demands of the Student Legislative Council, who demanded justice for Fathima Latheef. Two students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras went on a hunger strike demanding a fair investigation in the Fathima Latheef suicide case on November 18.

More students joined the protest in solidarity as they called for an end to suicides at the premier institute. The administration of IIT Madras has accepted the first two demands and has promised to review the third demand for an internal probe in the Fathima Latheef suicide case.