CBI un­likely to op­pose bail of Ryan con­duc­tor

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - Ra­jesh Ahuja/leena Dhankhar

NEW DELHI/GURGAON: The CBI is un­likely to op­pose bail for bus con­duc­tor Ashok Ku­mar who was ar­rested by Gurgaon po­lice on charges of mur­der­ing eightyear-old Prad­hyumn Thakur, a Class 2 stu­dent of Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, Bhondsi.

CBI sources said though they have not yet given a for­mal clean chit to the bus con­duc­tor, it is also a fact that they have ar­rested a ju­ve­nile sus­pect on the charges of mur­der­ing Prad­hyumn.

“The CBI will sub­mit to the court all the facts that have come up in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion so far. How­ever, since in­ves­ti­ga­tion is yet to be com­pleted, the agency may like to leave it to the court the fi­nal de­ci­sion of grant­ing bail to Ku­mar,” a CBI of­fi­cial said on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

Sources didn’t rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of Ku­mar be­com­ing a wit­ness in the case as he, the ju­ve­nile sus­pect and the vic­tim were in the school wash­room at the same time. In­ves­ti­ga­tion, though, re­vealed that Ku­mar was the first one to leave the toi­let and the ju­ve­nile sus­pect left af­ter him.

Ku­mar, 42, was ar­rested by Gurgaon po­lice hours af­ter Prad­hyumn Thakur’s body was re­cov­ered in the school wash­room on Septem­ber 8. The po­lice al­leged Ku­mar slit the child’s throat and tried to sex­u­ally abuse him inside the wash­room.

But Prad­hyumn’s fam­ily ac­cused Gurgaon po­lice of shield­ing the real cul­prits in the case.

The fam­ily de­manded trans­fer of the case to the CBI, which the Manohar Lal Khat­tar gov­ern­ment in Haryana promptly agreed.

Barun Thakur, the fa­ther of the vic­tim said, “Since the be­gin­ning, I did not be­lieve in the Gurgaon po­lice the­ory and that was the rea­son we were de­mand­ing a CBI in­quiry. We were not con­vinced with the mo­tive with which bus con­duc­tor Ashok Ku­mar had con­fessed. We are con­vinced with the CBI in­ves­ti­ga­tions and we are sure, they must have es­tab­lished the se­quences and pieces of ev­i­dence be­fore dis­clos­ing the ar­rest of the stu­dent”.

The CBI also ruled out sex­ual as­sault in the case. Ku­mar’s lawyer moved the bail ap­pli­ca­tion on Novem­ber 11 when the three-day cus­to­dial in­ter­ro­ga­tion of the ju­ve­nile ac­cused ended.

Though he al­legedly ad­mit­ted his in­volve­ment in the crime be­fore CBI of­fi­cials, the ac­cused has now re­tracted his state­ment be­fore a Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Boar­d­ap­pointed le­gal-cum-pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer who recorded his state­ment in a Farid­abad ob­ser­va­tion home.

The re­trac­tion of the fam­ily mem­bers of the ju­ve­nile ac­cused has again led to anx­ious­ness among the fam­ily mem­bers of Ashok Ku­mar, who is now in ju­di­cial cus­tody in nearby Bhondsi jail.

“I don’t know who has mur­dered Prad­hyumn Thakur, but it’s not my husband. This is crys­tal clear that my husband is not a killer and even if the stu­dent has re­tracted from his state­ment, the CBI of­fi­cials have given clean chit to my husband. The CBI did not find any con­nec­tion of the mur­der with my husband and I am wait­ing for him to re­turn home on Thurs­day,” said Mamta, wife of Ashok Ku­mar.

HT FILE

Ashok Ku­mar was ar­rested by the Gurgaon po­lice on charges of mur­der­ing eight­year­old Prad­hyumn Thakur.

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