Arrest Of Ryan International School Trustees Put On Hold By Court

Authorities of Ryan International school in Gurgaon have been accused of negligence in the murder of 7-year-old student Pradyuman Thakur earlier this month.

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Arrest Of Ryan International School Trustees Put On Hold By Court

Pradyuman Thakur was murdered in Gurgaon's Ryan International School earlier this month.

New Delhi:  The arrest of the Pinto family -- the trustees of Gurgaon's Ryan International School -- has been put on hold by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which is hearing their appeal for anticipatory bail. The owners had been expecting arrest after seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was murdered in the school earlier this month. Investigations have found that the school authorities had routinely neglected security on the premises, the police said.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, which has taken over the case since, is opposing bail of group CEO Ryan Pinto, and his parents, founding chairman Augustine Pinto and managing director Grace Pinto. The court today asked the agency to file a response on October 7.

Till then, no arrest can be made, the court said.

On September 9, Pradyuman was found outside the school's toilet, his throat had been slit. The police arrested Ashok Kumar, the conductor of a school bus. The man, the police said, has confessed to the murder and an attempt to sexually assault the child minutes before.

Investigations by a three-member Special Investigation Team found shocking lapses in the school's security system -- including the lack of a proper boundary wall and separate toilet for the school's support staff.

The police later said the school officials have claimed that the trustees had repeatedly ignored requests to upgrade security.

The Pintos, who are based in Mumbai, had earlier approached the Bombay High Court. After the court rejected their appeal, they went to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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