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Pradyuman murder case: Accused teen’s bail plea rejected

SNS | New Delhi |

The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) rejected the bail plea of the Pradyuman murder case accused on Friday.

The Class 11 student of Ryan International School in Bhondsi, accused of murdering Class 2 student of Pradyuman Thakur of the same school, was sent to juvenile home for 14 days by the the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on 22 November.

According to media reports, the board will rule on 20 December if the juvenile will be tried as an adult or not.

On 8 September, Class II student Pradyuman Thakur was found with his throat slit in a bathroom of Ryan International School.

Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor who was initially accused of murdering Class 2 student Pradyuman Thakur of Ryan International School in Gurugram, was released from the Bhondsi jail on 22 November. The 35-year-old, father of two, was lodged in jail for two months.

Earlier, Punjab and Haryana High Court had granted conditional anticipatory bail to the Pinto family, owners of Ryan International schools, in the Pradyuman murder case.

Justice Surender Gupta directed the Pinto family to join investigations in the case. The court barred them from leaving the country without permission.

In the previous hearing, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had opposed the bail pleas of Ryan owners Augustine and Grace Pinto and group CEO Ryan Pinto.

Earlier, CBI had made prima facie assertions that Ryan Augustine Pinto, chief executive officer (CEO) of Ryan group of Institution, may be involved in the in abetment or in a conspiracy behind the murder of seven-year-old student Pradyuman.

The CBI had earlier said in Punjab and Haryana Court that “Possibility of him ( Ryan Pinto ) being member of the conspiracy behind murder of master Pradyumn in the washroom of Ryan International school, Bhondi, Gurugram on September 8 and its abetment, destruction of the evidence by him cannot be ruled out.”

Damage and removal of evidence cannot be disregarded, said CBI.

The Supreme Court issued notices to the Pintos and the CBI on October 13. The apex court later asked the Punjab and Haryana High Court to decide on the bail pleas of Pintos within 10 days, or November 16.

(With agency inputs)