Gururgam murder case: Ryan school official applies for bail

Gururgam murder case: Ryan school official applies for bail

The applications were filed in the background of the murder of Pradyumn Thakur, a Class 2 student of Ryan International School in Gurugram.

The Bombay High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of Ryan International School trustees AF Pinto, Grace Pinto and Ryan Pinto in connection with the murder of a seven-year-old boy on the institute's Gurugram campus.

The Pintos, who live in Kandivli, had moved high court in the city for transit anticipatory bail on Monday-three days after the child was killed.

The court, however, granted an extension of stay on remand for 24 hours on the condition that the Pintos deposit their passports with the police commissioner by 9 pm on Thursday.

Legal experts opined that in case the Pintos failed to get judicial relief, they would be required to surrender before the court by 5 p.m. on Friday or face imminent arrest. The bus conductor who allegedly confessed to the crime was arrested as were two officials from the school's management there. During the arguments on the applications on Thursday, Additional Public Prosecutor Aruna Pai and Barun Thakur's lawyer Sushil Tekriwal argued against the concept of "transit' anticipatory bail".

However, the Bombay HC had on Thurday rejected their bail plea.

The case snowballed into a major national issue of safety and security of children in schools, with vociferous protests held by parents and activists outside Ryan schools in several states, including Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

Pradyuman was found with his throat slit on the morning of September 8 in the toilet of the school. 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 father's application to the court.

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