Chennai: The Central Bureau of Investigation registered a First Information Report on the suicide of 19-year-old IIT student Fathima Latheef, formally taking over the case from the Tamil Nadu police.

The State government had decided to hand the case over to the Central investigation agency after the Madras High Court, while listening to a plea from the National Students Union of India, deemed that the State may transfer the case if it deems fit. The order facilitating the transfer also recalls a communication from the Central government, seeking a proposal for case transfer from the State government.

Fathima Latheef, a Malayali Muslim student of IIT-Madras was found hanging in her hostel room on the campus on November 11. A suicide note recovered by the family from Fathima's phone pointed to religious bias and three professors, who were named in the suicide note, were given a clean chit by the Tamil Nadu police within a month of investigations. In a written reply in the parliament on December 3, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister revealed that as many as 50 students committed suicide at 23 IITs in the past 5 years. IIT-Madras is among the top institutions plagued with this problem.