After a seven-year-old boy was murdered in Gurgaon's Ryan International School last week, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to its trustees. The court extended the bail till Thursday to the founding chairman and managing director of Ryan International Group of Institutions Augustine Pinto and his wife Grace Pinto.
Interim relief to trustees
Despite opposition from the child's father Barun Thakur against the anticipatory bail being granted to the trustees, the court granted the bail. "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," he had said in an application, reports PTI.
But Pinto's counsel maintained that his client had nothing to do with the school or the management of the trust.
DNA samples of accused sent for forensic test
On Monday, Francis Thomas, northern zone group head of Ryan International School, and Bhondsi branch coordinator were arrested by the police under Section 75 (care and negligence) of the Juvenile Justice Act. They were produced in Sohna court on Wednesday, reports ANI.
Meanwhile, DNA samples of the main accused Ashok has been to sent Karnal lab for forensic test, a day after he was remanded to judicial custody. The doctor who conducted postmortem on the body of the seven-year-old boy said that there were no signs of sexual assault.
Police grill school staff
Gurgaon Police intensified the investigations on Wednesday. The entire teaching staff was called in the school premises for investigation and the school principal was grilled for eight hours, reports News 18.
The forensic team also recovered the weapon which was used in the crime. "Nothing has been destroyed; we have sufficient evidence from the crime scene. We hope our investigation satisfies parents, court in due course," Gurgaon Police chief Sandeep Khirwar said.
Delhi: Candle light march taken out at India Gate, over death of seven-year-old Pradyuman in Gurugram's Ryan International School (Bhondsi) pic.twitter.com/yCqOSX0jnx— ANI (@ANI) September 12, 2017
The boy Pradyuman Thakur was found murdered with his throat slit in a washroom inside the school premises last week Friday. Ashok, a bus conductor with the school, who was arrested the same day confessed to the crime. The murder triggered protests with agitated parents demanding justice for the kid's murder.
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