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Thursday , September 14 , 2017

Arrest shield for Ryan trustees

Mumbai, Sept. 13 (PTI): Bombay High Court today extended till tomorrow the interim protection from arrest granted to the trustees of Ryan International Group, even as the father of the seven-year-old boy found murdered on the group's Gurgaon campus sought to oppose their anticipatory bail pleas.

The court directed the boy's father, Varun Thakur, to give the trustees a copy of his intervening application opposing their pre-arrest bail petitions.

Thakur, the father of the Class II student Pradyuman, today filed the application opposing the pleas of the group's CEO, Ryan Pinto, and his parents - Augustine Pinto, the founding chairman of the group, and Grace, its managing director.

The Pintos, who have sought protection from arrest till they approach the court concerned in Haryana, had been granted interim bail till today.

During the hearing today, Thakur's lawyer Sushil Tekriwal informed Justice Ajey Gadkari of his client's application opposing the bail pleas.

"Until and unless you (Thakur) give a copy of the application to the applicants (Pintos), how do you expect them to respond? I will hear the pleas tomorrow. Interim relief to continue till then," Justice Gadkari said.

When Tekriwal mentioned the details of the murder, Justice Gadkari said he could not hear the matter on merit as his court did not have the territorial jurisdiction.

"This is only a plea for transit bail. I cannot hear the matter on merits," the judge said.

In his application, Thakur opposed the trustees' petition "in strongest possible terms and words as the instant case being a rarest of the rare case..."

Pradyuman was found with his throat slit in the school toilet on September 8. According to the police, a bus attendant, Ashok Kumar, killed the boy with a knife after he resisted an attempt to sexually assault him. Kumar has been arrested.

The Pintos said that they, themselves, were victims of "unfortunate" circumstances.

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