The Delhi High Court Friday dismissed a plea seeking a CBI inquiry into the death of six-year-old Devyansh, who was found dead under suspicious circumstances in South Delhi’s Ryan International School in January. The plea had been filed by the father of the child, who had alleged that the police investigation was “not being done properly”.
The bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul took note of the detailed status report filed by the police, which stated that there were lapses on the part of the school and outlined details of their investigation.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Prem Nath, who personally appeared before the court, assured it that the investigation was being conducted properly. The police, in its reply, stated that there was no prima facie evidence of any sexual assault and “no evidence of homicide has come up so far.”
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The plea had also raised questions about the role of a class XI student, who had pulled the boy out of the water tank. The police, however, said there were no contradictions in the statement given by the student.
The police blamed the school management for failing in its duty and noted that neither were there any signboards indicating the existence of a water tank nor was there a lock on the pump room. The police report said there was no light inside the room and no guard had been posted around the amphitheatre or the store room.
Five persons, including Ryan International School principal Sandhya Sabu, Devyansh’s classteacher Meenakshi Kapoor, maintenance in-charge P S Bisht, gardener Ram Narayan and pump operator Yogesh Kumar have already been arrested on charges of negligence.
The police said the post-mortem report and information on the cause of death were still awaited. Taking note of the report, the bench observed that it did not find any reason to interfere in the investigation, prompting Devyansh’s father to withdraw the petition for CBI probe.