CBI un­likely to op­pose Ashok Ku­mar’s bail plea

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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.

San­jay Sekhri

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