Bom­bay HC re­jects bail pleas of Ryan bosses

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Ab­hishek Bahl and HTC htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Bom­bay high court on Thurs­day re­jected tran­sit an­tic­i­pa­tory bail pleas of Ryan Pinto, CEO of Ryan In­ter­na­tional Group, and his par­ents — Au­gus­tine, 73 and Grace, 62 — in con­nec­tion with the bru­tal killing of an 8-year-old stu­dent on the cam­pus of their school at Bhondsi in Gur­gaon.

Jus­tice Ajey Gad­kari has, how­ever, con­tin­ued the in­terim pro­tec­tion from ar­rest granted to the trio till 5pm on Fri­day on the con­di­tion that they sur­ren­der their pass­ports to the Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner by 9pm Thurs­day. The judge has clar­i­fied that the pro­tec­tion will au­to­mat­i­cally end, if they fail to sur­ren­der pass­ports.

The trio had ap­proached the high court, fol­low­ing the ar­rest of two top of­fi­cials of the Ryan In­ter­na­tional Group in Gur­gaon. The Pin­tos, in their plea, said that while the death of the boy was un­for­tu­nate, the man­age­ment can­not be held cul­pa­ble and that they them­selves were vic­tims of the un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances. cor­rob­o­rat­ing his state­ment.

Fran­cis Thomas has been booked un­der sec­tion 75 of the Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Act along with an­other man­age­ment of­fi­cial, Jayesh Thomas.

A Gur­gaon po­lice team which had gone to Mum­bai to in­ves­ti­gate the case has sub­mit­ted a re­port. Sources said that the team also is­sued a no­tice on Thurs­day to Ryan School man­age­ment un­der sec­tion 91 of the CrPC to share doc­u­ments and records that are needed for in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der case. Although Gur­gaon po­lice have ar­rested the main sus­pect, Ashok Ku­mar, who has con­fessed to the crime, but the par­ents of the boy have de­manded a CBI inquiry into the mur­der.

Gur­gaon po­lice com­mis­sioner San­deep Khir­war on Thurs­day re­it­er­ated that the SIT had enough ev­i­dence to prove Ku­mar guilty. “The ev­i­dence we have against the ac­cused is strong enough to prove his guilt and it will stand ju­di­cial scru­tiny,” Khir­war said.

Khir­war said the po­lice probe has reached a crit­i­cal stage with the state­ments of the first re­spon­dents hav­ing been recorded along with wit­nesses such as the gar­dener, the teachers, and stu­dents.

The SIT, on Thurs­day, de­tained Harpal Singh, the gar­dener, who was the first to spot the body of 8-year old boy out­side the school toi­let, for ques­tion­ing. The de­ten­tion comes af­ter Singh was in­ter­ro­gated by ADGP (law and or­der) Akil Mo­ham­mad.

Sources in the po­lice de­part­ment said that the top Haryana cop had in­structed the SIT to keep a close watch on Harpal.

The SIT how­ever was non­com­mit­tal on the ar­rest of the gar­dener.

par­ents of a nineyear-old boy, who died at GD Goenka school of Indi­ra­pu­ram in Ghazi­abad more than a month ago, on Thurs­day re­quested the Supreme Court to or­der a CBI inquiry into the death.

A Class 4 stu­dent, Ar­man Se­h­gal died af­ter a “fall” in school on Au­gust 1. His par­ents lodged an FIR against the school au­thor­i­ties for cul­pa­ble homi­cide not amount­ing to mur­der and de­struc­tion of ev­i­dence.

A mag­is­te­rial probe was or­dered on Au­gust 4 but the probe re­port is yet to be sub­mit­ted.

Se­hgals’ plea for a CBI probe is sec­ond such re­quest made to the top court this week.

On Septem­ber 11, the Supreme Court sought replies from the Cen­tre, Haryana and oth­ers on a pe­ti­tion filed by a fa­ther seek­ing a CBI probe into the mur­der of his eight-year-old son at Ryan In­ter­na­tional School in Gur­gaon.

The Class 2 stu­dent was found with his throat slit out­side his school toi­let on Septem­ber 8, trig­ger­ing out­rage and a de­bate over se­cu­rity of stu­dents in schools.

His fa­ther has sought safety guide­lines for schools so that such an in­ci­dent was not re­ported. A con­duc­tor of the school bus was ar­rested af­ter he pub­li­cally con­fessed to mur­der­ing the boy.

SAN­JEEV VERMA/HT FILE

A 42­year­old bus con­duc­tor, Ashok Ku­mar, has been ar­rested as the prime ac­cused for the mur­der.

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