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Ryan Group Chairman, MD Get Interim Protection From Arrest Till Tomorrow

Mumbai:  The Bombay High Court today granted interim protection from arrest to Ryan International Group’s founding chairman and manging director till tomorrow in connection with the murder of a boy in the school’s premises in Gurgaon.

7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was found with his neck slit in the washroom of Ryan International School, Gurgaon. The crime was allegedly committed by Ashok, a bus conductor of the school. Ashok allegedly tried to sexually assault Pradyuman, and when he resisted, slit his neck.

“In every school in Delhi, rigorous police verification should be done of every staff, every person who enters the school premises within three weeks,” Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday.

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.

Their counsel Niteen Pradhan had yesterday said that along with Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto, their son Ryan Pinto, the group’s CEO, also filed an anticipatory bail plea.

However, Mr Pradhan today said that due to some problem, Ryan Pinto’s application was not filed with the high court registry.

“Ryan’s application for anticipatory bail is in process and will be filed soon,” he said.

Justice Ajey Gadkari said, “The applicants (Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto) shall not be arrested till tomorrow.

The matter is adjourned till tomorrow on the request of the additional public prosecutor appearing for the Maharashtra government.”

Additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai told the HC that the court would have to also issue a notice and hear the Haryana government as the offence in connection with the boy’s killing is registered there.

To this, Justice Gadkari said, “For transit anticipatory bail why should this court hear the Haryana government? Let the applicants approach the court concerned there.”

The court, however, posted the matter tomorrow after Ms Pai said she requires time.

Meanwhile, a lawyer, Gunratan Sadavarte, who was in the court when the matter was being heard, told the HC that he wanted to file an intervening application on behalf of some parents’ associations opposing the bail pleas of the Pintos.

Justice Gadkari, however, refused to hear him and said he can approach the concerned court in Haryana with his grievance.

Two top officials of the Ryan International School were earlier arrested while the acting principal was detained for questioning in connection with the murder of the boy in the school premises.