Re­lief ex­tended for Ryan’s Pin­tos; vic­tim's fa­ther op­poses bail pleas

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MUM­BAI: The Bom­bay High Court on Wed­nes­day ex­tended till Thurs­day the in­terim pro­tec­tion from ar­rest granted to the trus­tees of Ryan In­ter­na­tional Group, even as the fa­ther of the seven-yearold boy killed on the group’s Gur­gaon cam­pus sought to op­pose their an­tic­i­pa­tory bail pleas.

The high court di­rected the boy’s fa­ther, Barun Thakur, to give the trus­tees a copy of his in­ter­ven­ing ap­pli­ca­tion op­pos­ing their pre-ar­rest bail pe­ti­tions.

Thakur, the fa­ther of the Class 2 stu­dent Pradyu­man, on Wed­nes­day filed an in­ter­ven­ing ap­pli­ca­tion op­pos­ing the an­tic­i­pa­tory bail pleas filed by the group’s CEO, Ryan Pinto, and his par­ents -Au­gus­tine Pinto, the found­ing chair­man of the group, and Grace, its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

MUM­BAI: The Bom­bay High Court on Wed­nes­day ex­tended till Thurs­day, even as the fa­ther of the seven-year-old boy killed on the group's Gur­gaon cam­pus sought to op­pose their an­tic­i­pa­tory bail pleas.

The high court di­rected the boy's fa­ther, Barun Thakur, to give the trus­tees a copy of his in­ter­ven­ing ap­pli­ca­tion op­pos­ing their pre-ar­rest bail pe­ti­tions.

Thakur, the fa­ther of the Class 2 stu­dent Pradyu­man, to­day filed an in­ter­ven­ing ap­pli­ca­tion op­pos­ing the an­tic­i­pa­tory bail pleas filed by the group's CEO, Ryan Pinto, and his par­ents -Au­gus­tine Pinto, the found­ing chair­man of the group, and Grace, its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

The Pin­tos, who sought pro­tec­tion from ar­rest till they have ap­proached the court con­cerned in Haryana, were on Tues­day granted in­terim pro­tec­tion from ar­rest till Wed­nes­day.

Thakur's lawyer Sushil Tekri­wal to­day in­formed Justice Ajey Gad­kari of his client's in­ter­ven­ing ap­pli­ca­tion fol­low­ing which the court di­rected him to give a copy of it to the Pin­tos' coun­sel Ni­teen Prad­han.

"Un­til and un­less you (Thakur) give a copy of the ap­pli­ca­tion to the ap­pli­cants (Pin­tos), how do you ex­pect them to re­spond? I will hear the pleas to­mor­row. In­terim re­lief to con­tinue till then," Justice Gad­kari said.

When Tekri­wal started ar­gu­ing the mat­ter by men­tion­ing the de­tails of the killing, Justice Gad­kari said he can­not hear the mat­ter on merit as his court does not have the ter­ri­to­rial ju­ris­dic­tion.

"This is only a plea for tran­sit bail. I can­not hear the mat­ter on mer­its," the judge said.

In the ap­pli­ca­tion, Thakur said he is the com­plainant in the case and the pe­ti­tion of the trus­tees is "op­posed in strong­est pos­si­ble terms and words as the in­stant case be­ing a rarest of the rare case where a bru­tal, di­a­bol­i­cal, cold blooded, bar­barous, de­monic, un­par­don­able, un­pro­voked, hellish, cruel homi­cide has taken place on the cam­pus of Ryan In­ter­na­tional School."

Pradyu­man was found with his throat slit on the morn­ing of Septem­ber 8 in the toi­let of the school.

Po­lice al­lege that 42-year-old bus con­duc­tor Ashok Ku­mar killed him with a knife af­ter the boy re­sisted an at­tempt to sodomise him. Ku­mar has been ar­rested.

Thakur al­leged in his ap­pli­ca­tion that the school's trus­tees were "vi­car­i­ously re­spon­si­ble, li­able, ac­count­able, an­swer­able for the cul­pa­bil­ity and guilt for which the bail ap­pli­ca­tion should be dis­missed in lim­ine (at the thresh­old)."

"The re­morse­less, spine­less and sense­less ap­proach and at­ti­tude of the school man­age­ment, its di­rec­tors/ceo and other top notch ex­ec­u­tives in this rarest case is ab­so­lutely in­ex­cus­able and hence, the present bail ap­pli­ca­tion de­serves to be dis­missed in toto," said the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Thakur said he was shocked by the trus­tees' state­ment that they are not part of the crime as they do not look af­ter the day-to-day work­ing of each school.

If the top man­age­ment of the school can share in the "plun­der and pros­per­ity", why should it not face the rule of law be­cause of vi­car­i­ous li­a­bil­ity, the pe­ti­tion said.

He al­leged in his pe­ti­tion that it ap­peared "Pradyu­man was metic­u­lously mur­dered with fool­proof plan­ning and con­spir­acy, oth­er­wise how a con­duc­tor sneaked inside with a brand new knife, slit­ting the throat in a sur­gi­cally ex­pert man­ner".

Thakur said the way the con­duc­tor took the child to the hos­pi­tal and con­fessed to killing him "im­me­di­ately" raised doubt which can be cleared dur­ing the cus­to­dial in­ter­ro­ga­tion of peo­ple in the school man­age­ment.

Thakur also said ev­i­dence like blood stains on the floor and clothes were wiped out.

The Pin­tos, in their pleas, said while the death of the boy was un­for­tu­nate, the man­age­ment can­not be held cul­pa­ble and that they them­selves were vic­tims of "un­for­tu­nate" cir­cum­stances.

"The death has caused deep pain and grief not only to the par­ents and fam­ily of the child but also to the trus­tees, man­age­ment, staff and stu­dents of the school," they said in their ap­pli­ca­tions, call­ing the in­ci­dent the "dark­est" hour for the vic­tim's fam­ily and the in­sti­tu­tion.

Ambed­kar Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers protest out­side the Bom­bay High Court to con­demn the mur­der of Ryan In­ter­na­tional School stu­dent Pradyumna, in Mum­bai on Wed­nes­day

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