Conductor’s kin submit bail plea
Ashok Kumar’s counsel applies for bail; claims Haryana police ‘tortured’ him into confession
New Delhi: Family members of arrested bus conductor Ashok Kumar said that he was made a scapegoat in the case to protect the real culprit, and moved a bail application at a Gurugram court. “... we will decide the course of action to be taken against the Gurugram police,” said Kumar’s lawyer Mohit Verma.
Family members of the arrested bus conductor Ashok Kumar said that he had been made a “scapegoat” in the Ryan murder case in order to protect the real culprit and — along with their lawyer on Friday — moved a bail application at the Gurugram court.
“The reply for the bail application will come by November 16. Our first priority is to get Kumar out of jail and prove his innocence. Then we will decide the course of action to be taken against the Gurugram police,” said Mohit Verma, counsel for Ashok Kumar.
Verma added that once the CBI would submit its closure report in court, they would be taken action against the Gurugram Police for “torturing” Kumar. He said that he had been “drugged, thrashed and forced to confess and sign on papers.”
Kumar was arrested by the Haryana Police on charges of killing sevenyear-old Pradyuman Thakur inside the washroom at the Ryan International School, Gurgaon in September. Since then he has been in jail.
The family members of Kumar also stated that they have undergone immense turmoil since his arrest, as he was their breadwinner. They added that the entire village from the first day had vouched for his character and said that he could never kill anyone. Despite this, they said, Kumar was paraded in front of media persons by the police when he was arrested.
Kumar’s mother, who is unwell, said his arrest made their lives hell as his wife also lost her job soon after his arrests. She said though that it was much more difficult for his children to deal with as they saw him with police on television and knew their father was in jail.
The reply for the bail application will come by November 16. Our first priority is to get Kumar out of jail and prove his innocence.
Mohit Verma, counsel for Ashok Kumar