CBI unlikely to oppose Ashok Kumar’s bail plea
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is unlikely to oppose the bail plea of Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor who was arrested by Gurgaon police for the murder of Class 2 Ryan Bhondsi student Pradhyumn Thakur.
CBI sources told TOIthe agency is seeking legal opinion and in all likelihood would leave it to the court to decide Ashok Kumar’s bail plea at Thursday’s hearing. “We don’t have anything incriminating against him in the murder of Pradhyumn. This has been verified through scientific and forensic evidence, CCTV footage and statements recorded by several persons,” said a CBI source.
Gurgaon police had claimed Ashok Kumar slit the seven-year-old boy’s throat inside the school toilet, and had used a knife bought from Agra to commit the crime. However, police had never been able to find this Agra shop. “That’s because no such shop ever existed. It was a theory floated by Gurgaon police,” said the CBI source.
CBI has now zeroed in on a 16-yearold boy from the same school, a student of Class XI, who is now being held at an observation centre in Faridabad. CBI claims the boy confessed to his crime in front of his father and a welfare officer.
The agency said it wasn’t aware if the accused juvenile had retracted his confession statement in front of a juvenile welfare officer in Gurgaon. The agency says that its probe against the juvenile is not based on confession alone as there is circumstantial and forensic evidence. Without going into details, sources said CBI has examined the electronic items – mobile phone and laptop of the 16-yearold boy, apart from his clothes, shoes, etc. CBI will take the help of forensic experts to retrieve, if any, fingerprints or bloodstains from the murder weapon (knife) and the accused juvenile’s clothes.
Pradhyumn Thakur’s parents met former President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday