THE mat­ter per­tains to DEATH of Class IV stu­dent Ar­man SE­H­GAL on Au­gust 1

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thurs­day agreed to hear on Mon­day the plea of a man, whose 9-year-old son died last month al­legedly un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances in a pri­vate school in Ghazi­abad, seek­ing a CBI probe in the case.

The plea has been filed amid an on­go­ing up­roar over the death of a 7-year-old boy in the toi­let of Ryan In­ter­na­tional School in Gu­ru­gram who was found with his throat slit on Septem­ber 8.

The mat­ter re­lat­ing to the death of class IV stu­dent Ar­man Se­h­gal at G D Goenka Pub­lic School at Indi­ra­pu­ram in Ghazi­abad district on Au­gust 1 was on Thurs­day men­tioned be­fore a bench headed by Chief Jus­tice Di­pak Misra.

The bench, also com­pris­ing Jus­tices Ami­tava Roy and A M Khan­wilkar, said the plea would be heard on Septem­ber 18.

Gul­shan Se­h­gal, fa­ther of the vic­tim, has claimed in his plea that a probe by CBI or a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team was re­quired for a "thor­ough and fair in­ves­ti­ga­tion" as the school man­age­ment has al­ready "de­stroyed" ev­i­dence in the case.

The plea said some mem­bers of the school man­age­ment, in­clud­ing the chair­man, di­rec­tor and prin­ci­pal, have moved the Al­la­habad High Court seek­ing quash­ing of the FIR and the court had granted them in­terim pro­tec­tion from ar­rest and di­rected that no co­er­cive ac­tion should be taken against them.

It has also sought a stay against the in­terim or­ders of the high court is­sued on Au­gust 11 and Septem­ber 6.

"The high court failed to ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that the police of­fi­cials reached the scene of crime al­most four hours late and by that time the school author­i­ties had de­stroyed and tam­pered with cru­cial ev­i­dence," the pe­ti­tion, filed through ad­vo­cate Gurmeet Singh, said.

It also al­leged that the Ut­tar Pradesh Police had not probed the case prop­erly due to which the school author­i­ties had tam­pered with the scene of crime and re­moved all ev­i­dence.

"The high court failed to ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that the ex­pert opin­ion sug­gests that the cause of death can­not be from a fall on the cor­ri­dor and to the con­trary, the ex­pert opin­ion sug­gests that the in­juries caused should be from a fall of atleast 20 feet height," the plea said.

It also al­leged that CCTV footage of the school was not kept ac­cord­ing to the rules and cer­tain videos were deleted from the record.

The pe­ti­tioner said even af­ter 45 days of the in­ci­dent, he does not know the rea­son and cir­cum­stances un­der which his son died.

He said on Au­gust 1, they had re­ceived a call from the school that his son had fallen in the cor­ri­dor and was be­ing taken to a hospi­tal. But when he reached the hospi­tal, they were told that the boy was de­clared 'brought dead'.

"The re­spon­dents de­lib­er­ately and with crim­i­nal in­tent of mind, wiped away and caused to dis­ap­pear all ev­i­dence per­tain­ing to the oc­cur­rence. In this con­nec­tion, it is sub­mit­ted that the CCTV cam­eras were re­moved and so was the record­ing of the cam­eras," the plea al­leged.

"The post mortem re­port of the de­ceased clearly in­di­cates frac­ture of the base of skull and frac­ture of the nasal bone," it said, adding that these in­juries can­not be pos­si­bly caused by a fall in the cor­ri­dor.


The fam­ily of the vic­tim has claimed that a probe by CBI or a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team is needed

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