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Ryan International murder case: Punjab and Haryana HC refuses bail to school owners Pintos

Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday refused to grant anticipatory bail plea to Augustine F Pinto, his wife Grace and their son Ryan, owners of Gurugram's Ryan International School, making an arrest possible at any time, media reports said. The high court said they cannot hear the particular case now because the matter has been referred to the CBI and that needs to be checked.

More than two weeks after the murder of seven-year-old student Pradyuman Thakur in its premises, Gurugram’s Ryan International School reopened on Monday with a new set of security arrangements.

NDTV reported that the school has hired a new security agency and 40 new CCTV cameras have been installed in the school's building.

 Ryan International murder case: Punjab and Haryana HC refuses bail to school owners Pintos

File image of Ryan International School, Gurugram. News18

On Saturday, the CBI took custody of three people arrested by the Haryana Police in connection with the killing of Pradyuman on 8 September.

The CBI had sought custody of school bus conductor Ashok Kumar, regional head of the group Francis Thomas and HR head Jeyus Thomas from the court.

On 20 September, Punjab and Haryana High Court court had refused to stay the arrest of the Pinto family — Augustine F Pinto, his wife Grace and their son Ryan — while taking up their application for anticipatory bail. The matter will now be heard on 25 September.

Varun Chandra Thakur, the father of Pradyuman, had visited Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and had categorically stated that he would recommend a CBI probe into the gruesome murder.

The CBI took over the probe after receiving notification from the Centre. 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.

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Sep 25, 2017 17:53:06 IST