Death of Ryan student: Police send questionnaire to Ryan CEO

The information has been sought under under Section 91 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Published: February 6, 2016 2:13:12 am
Mother of six year old Divyansh, who was found dead in a water tank at Ryan International school, breaks down during a candle light march on Thursday. Express photo by Oinam Anand. 

A day after Ryan International School principal and four other school staff were arrested, the Delhi Police sent a questionnaire to the school’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ryan Pinto and its manager Francis Thomas.

As part of their probe into the death of six-year-old Devansh, police sought details of the charter of duties, construction plan of the school building and approval by various civic agencies.

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The information has been sought under under Section 91 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Sources told The Indian Express that the school is yet to receive the “completion certificate” from civic agencies which has been pending before the bodies since 1993.

Sources said the school was mandated to construct the building in accordance with the plan sanctioned and approved by the Delhi Development Authority. However, a no-completion certificate was issued by the agencies back in 1993 for deviating from the sanction plan.

Sources added that deviance from the approved plan prima facie show lapses on the part of the management.

The Indian Express first reported that investigators are looking into senior officials of the school management, who could be arrested if their role in the incident is established. In the past few days, sources had indicated investigators were looking at lapses on the school’s part.

Other details sought by police include those mentioned in the school’s charter of duties. “These pertain to the responsibility of staff recruited by the management, and documents to ascertain if the school has permission for the water reservoir on its premises,” added the sources.

DCP (south) Prem Nath has confirmed that they have sent the questionnaire to both persons, but refused to divulge further details.

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