Gurugram school murder: Ryan International trustees granted bail till 5 December but cannot leave country
CBI has opposed the bail plea of Ryan Augustine Pinto on the grounds that he might be involved in the student's murder
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday granted interim bail to three Ryan International Group trustees till 5 December in connection with the murder of seven-year-old Pradhuman, according to reports. The class II student was found dead with his throat slit inside the toilet of Ryan International School at Bhondsi in Gurugram on 8 August.
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His father's lawyer said that the interim bail has been granted with conditions. The Pintos cannot leave the country and have to join the investigation, when needed, the lawyer said. He added that Pradhuman's father is considering moving the Supreme Court against the bail. This comes after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) opposed the bail plea of Ryan group's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ryan Augustine Pinto, saying that he might be involved in Pradhuman's murder.
"Prima facie, the careless attitude of the management has aided the murder of the Pradhuman. Investigation is at crucial stage and larger conspiracy is yet to be unearthed. Any relief at this stage may hamper the course of investigation and he (Ryan Pinto) may misuse the liberty of bail granted to him," the CBI argued in the court, according to The Times of India.
Pradhuman's father had earlier approached the Supreme Court challenging the interim anticipatory bail granted to the trustees in the case. His appeal, filed through advocate Sushil Tekriwal, said the grant of interim protection against their possible arrest was illegal and unconstitutional and should be set aside.
The Haryana government had recommended a CBI probe in the matter following massive outrage. The premier agency took over the probe on 22 September.
The case had been registered at the Bhondsi police station in Gurugram under the IPC sections related to murder, and relevant sections of the Arms Act, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.
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