In a temporary relief for Ryan International Group of Institutions’ founders Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto, the Bombay High Court gave them interim protection from arrest till Wednesday in connection with the murder of a class II student at the Ryan International School in Gurugram last week.
Their counsel Niteen Pradhan had yesterday said that along with Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto, their son Ryan Pinto, the group’s CEO, also filed an anticipatory bail plea.
However, Pradhan today said that due to some problem, Ryan Pinto’s application was not filed with the high court registry.
“Ryan’s application for anticipatory bail is in process and will be filed soon,” he said.
Justice Ajey Gadkari said, “The applicants (Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto) shall not be arrested till tomorrow. The matter is adjourned till tomorrow on the request of the additional public prosecutor appearing for the Maharashtra government.”
In their bail plea, they stated the management cannot be held responsible as they were victims “unfortunate circumstances”.
“The death has caused deep pain and grief not only to the parents and family of the seven-year-old child but also to the trustees, its entire staff, students and management,” the applications said.
“Despite all necessary steps for security and well being of the students as required by law and prudence, if such an unfortunate incident occurs then the institution cannot be held culpable as it is itself a victim of unfortunate circumstances,” they said in the bail pleas.