The Delhi government on Monday referred to the CBI the case of the mysterious death of a student at Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj in New Delhi on January 30.
The decision to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was taken after the submission of a magisterial inquiry report to the Delhi government and the demand for a CBI probe by the parents of six year-old Devansh Kakrora, who was found dead in a septic tank on the campus.
The magisterial inquiry found serious lapses on part of the school authorities.
“The magisterial inquiry pointed out to the suspicious conduct of the school authorities and raised further queries. Therefore, it was decided by the government that in the interest of justice, it will be appropriate to refer the case to the CBI for investigation,” a Delhi government statement said.
The magistrate said in the report: “Though the school was functioning on January 30, despite it not being a normal working day, there was not a single person to administer medical aid in the medical room, despite continuous announcement having been made in this regard.”
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Earlier in the day, Delhi top cop BS Bassi said the postmortem report does not indicate any sexual assault on the deceased.
“The postmortem report has been received and it is being studied. Suffice to say that it (the postmortem report) does not prima facie indicate any sexual assault,” Bassi said.
On January 30, Devansh Kakrora, a class 1 student at Ryan International School in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj, was found dead in a reservoir under the school’s amphitheater, following which the principal of the school, a teacher and three non-teaching staff were arrested for negligence causing the boy’s death. All of them had got bail the same day.
A day after the arrests, the police also sent notices to Ryan group’s Chief Administrative Officer and northern zone head seeking information on charter of duty for the school authority and construction of the underground water tank.
After the incident, the child’s father had alleged that the boy might have been sexually assaulted before this death.