Pradyuman murder case: HC refuses to stay arrests of Ryan School trustees

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday refused to grant a stay on the arrest of the trustees of Ryan International School over the murder of 7-year-old Pradhuman at its Gurugram branch in Haryana.

The court also issued a notice to Haryana government asking for a reply in the matter. Notably, another judge, AB Chaudhari has quit the case due to his personal connection with the Pintos, which he feels might hinder a fair trial. While declining to give any relief, the Bombay high court on September 14 had only stayed their arrest till September 15.

Apprehending arrest in the case, Pinto family had prayed for anticipatory bail and requested the HC to issue directions that they should be released on bail in case of arrest in relation to the FIR registered on September 8 in Police Station Bhondsi, Gurguram.

The school owners – founder Augustine Francis Pinto, MD Grace Pinto and CEO Ryan Pinto – are based in Mumbai and had earlier approached the Bombay High Court seeking pre-arrest bail till they could move the court concerned in Haryana.

The school’s founding chairman and managing director, Augustine Pinto, and his wife Grace Pinto, who is the chairperson of the school, have along with their son Ryan Pinto sought anticipatory bail.

The Haryana government had last week handed over probe into the sensational Pradyuman murder case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

He had also announced that Haryana government will take over the management of the school for next three months.

Ryan International School will remain closed till September 24 as the boy’s father Varun Thakur had approached the Supreme Court, saying vital evidence would be destroyed.

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