Lawyers representing the trio appeared before the single bench of Justice Inderjit Singh in the morning seeking pre-arrest bail for the school trustees and the group CEO, but could not convince the High Court.
The Pintos had approached the Bombay High Court after the school was accused of negligence in the death of seven-year-old Pradyuman, who was found with his throat slit in the toilet of Ryan International School in Gurgaon on September 8.
Justice Inderjit Singh refused to grant interim protection to the school trustees and issued notice to Haryana government for the state’s version in the case. The case has been adjourned for Monday.
The school trustees, in their plea, said that it is “unimaginable” that they could be involved in the alleged crime and be charged with the offences mentioned in the FIR.
Seven-year-old Pradyuman, a class 2 student, was found with his throat slit on the morning of September 8 in the toilet of Ryan International School in Gurgaon.
The school has been caught in controversy since September 8 when Pradhyuman was found murdered with his throat slit in the washroom of the school.
Indicting the Ryan International School administration, the committee had said, “The school has failed to observe basic security measures as stipulated by the Board, which are of preventive nature and could have avoided the unfortunate death of the child.”
CBSE’s show-cause notice to Ryan International School stated that the death of Class 2 student Pradyuman Thakur could have been avoided had the school been more cautious.
Earlier in the day, the northern zone head of the school, Francis Thomas had also applied for a regular bail in the High Court. Francis is already in police custody in connection with the murder.
Board’s decision is based on the report of the fact-finding committee which flagged several violations of safety norms by the school authorities. Notice expected to be issued by Saturday evening.
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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced that the murder case of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur at Ryan International School in Gurgaon, has been handed over to the CBI for further investigations.
The drive against flouting of norms and rules by private school buses was launched after the rape of a five-year-old girl at her school in Shahdara and the killing of a seven-year-old boy in Gurugram’s Ryan International School.
The protection was sought by their counsel Niteen Pradhan to allow them to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court to seek pre-arrest bail in the matter.
On Wednesday, the Pintos had approached the court seeking anticipatory bail apprehending arrest in connection with the murder of Pradyuman Thakur.