Ryan Group's chairman, MD get interim protection from arrest

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Ryan International Group's founding chairman Augustine Pinto (73) and his wife Grace Pinto (62), who is the group's managing director, had yesterday approached the high court seeking anticipatory bail apprehending arrest in the case.

After the brief hearing, Justice A.S. Gadkari adjourned the bail plea matter till Thursday morning, said lawyer Manoj Dhall, who is representing another another intervenor, the Parents Group for Students Welfare (PGSW).

However, Pradhan today said that due to some problem, Ryan Pinto's application was not filed with the high court registry. "Interim relief to continue till then", Justice Gadkari said.

"Until and unless you (Thakur) give a copy of the application to the applicants (Pintos), how do you expect them to respond?"

"This is only a plea for transit 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", said the application.

The Pinto family had applied on Monday seeking the anticipatory transit bail to move an appropriate court in Haryana; it came up for hearing on Tuesday when the court posted it for Wednesday.

The Class II student was found in the washroom of the school with his throat slit on September 9.

Two officers from the Haryana Police questioned the staff of Ryan International School in suburban Kandivali in connection with the killing of a boy on the institution's premises in Gurugram. The bus conductor has been arrested in the case.

Dr Vinay Rathod, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 12, said: "The Haryana Police informed us about their arrival to the city".

He alleged in his petition that it appeared "Pradyuman was meticulously murdered with foolproof planning and conspiracy, otherwise how a conductor sneaked inside with a brand new knife slitting the throat in a surgically expert manner with a criminal intent to murder someone instantly within seconds".

Thakur also said that the evidence related to blood stains and clothes have been allegedly wiped out to compromise with the scene of crime. The petition further sought to defend the school's reputation by stating that such an incident had taken place for the first time in the four decades of the institution's existence.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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