Bom­bay HC re­jects bail pleas of Ryan bosses

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - Ab­hishek Bahl and HTC htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI/GUR­GAON 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.

OF­FI­CIAL MIS­LEAD­ING PO­LICE?

Fran­cis Thomas, north In­dia head of Ryan in­ter­na­tional schools group, who is be­ing ques­tioned by Gur­gaon po­lice in con­nec­tion with lapses and neg­li­gence, chang­ing his state­ments fre­quently, and has not been co­op­er­at­ing with the Spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT), which took him to the Delhi of­fice for re­cov­er­ing doc­u­ments and files re­lated to func­tion­ing of school.

Thomas is also likely to be taken to head­quar­ters of Ryan School foun­da­tion in Mum­bai for 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.

GAR­DENER DE­TAINED

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.

SAN­JEEV VERMA/HT FILE

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

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