NEW DELHI: With the CBI probe pinning the culpability on the 16-year old juvenile student of Ryan International School, Gurgaon for the murder of seven-year old Pradhyuman of the same school, the agency may not oppose the bail plea of school bus conductor Ashok Kumar when it comes up for hearing before a Gurgaon court on Thursday, agency sources said.
The CBI has said the Class XI student is the prime suspect in the Pradhyuman Thakur murder case and the agency has not found any evidence to link Kumar in the case.
Kumar was arrested by the Gurgaon police on September 8, the day when the murder of Pradhyuman was committed at Ryan School and is currently undergoing judicial custody in a Haryana jail.
The CBI sources said measures will be taken to ensure the safety of Kumar who was a victim of a botched up investigation by the Gurgaon police.
“The CBI probe has not led to any evidence suggesting the role of Kumar in the case. Also, our prime suspect is the apprehended juvenile and there is no ground to oppose Kumar’s bail plea,” a CBI official said.
The CBI had on November 7 apprehended the juvenile from his residence in Gurgaon in connection with the case and was granted three-day police remand by the Juvenile Justice Board, Gurgaon. The accused juvenile was subsequently remanded to a reformatory in Faridabad.
The juvenile is accused of allegedly murdering Pradhyuman by slitting his throat in the toilet of the school soon after the students assembled on the fateful day. The accused juvenile, according to the CBI intended to delay the examination and postpone the parent-teacher meeting.
The CBI findings are in contrast to what the Gurgaon police had sought to portray during the two-weeks of its probe into the incident. The Gurgaon police had claimed that Kumar had confessed and had committed the crime after the seven-year old resisted his sexual advances.
“The CBI has already arrested the prime accused in the case and clarified that Kumar had no role in the murder. My client became a victim of Gurgaon police’s botched up probe. My client was framed in the case and I will file defamation cases against both Gurgaon police and the school management. My client was tortured by the police to extract a confession for a crime he never committed,” Kumar’s counsel Mohit Verma who has moved the bail application on his behalf told reporters.