New Delhi: Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor accused of the murder of Gurgaon schoolboy Pradyuman Thakur and who had been in jail for two months, will have to wait longer for bail. A Gurgaon court which was hearing his petition, has deferred its judgment in the matter. The next hearing is on November 20.
Ashok Kumar had been given a clean chit by the Central Bureau of Investigation, which took over the case from the Gurgaon police last month. The agency said the police has fudged evidence to incriminate Ashok Kumar and the role of four policemen is being investigated and has not opposed his bail plea.
Agency officials said they suspect that the seven-year-old had been killed by a senior boy of the same school. The teen, who was arrested and questioned by the agency last week, is currently in a juvenile home.
Ashok Kumar was arrested by the police within hours of the murder, which took place on September 8. The police said he had confessed to the crime. The conductor, according to the police, had said he tried to sexually assault Pradyuman, and when the boy resisted, killed him.
As evidence, the police cited a CCTV video from outside the toilet of the Ryan International School where Pradyuman was killed. The video, they said, showed Ashok Kumar entering the toilet after the child. Sometime later, the boy is seen crawling out, his throat slit, and collapsing in a pool of blood.
The CBI however, said the video showed more. The teen they suspect in the murder was also on it. He was seen coming out sometimes after Pradyuman. The agency, which said he had murdered the boy to ensure a cancellation of exams, is yet to find any clinching evidence. The teen's father alleged that he has been tortured, "hung upside down and brutally thrashed".
Ashok Kumar's family too, alleged that the police had tortured him to extract a confession. The family said they have decided to sue the police.