Ryan school murder: Gurgaon court denies bail to 16-year-old accused

Federico Mansilla
Enero 8, 2018

Gurgaon: The 16-year-old student, accused of killing seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur at the Ryan International School, won't be released from custody as a Gurgaon court today rejected his bail plea for the first time since the Juvenile Justice Board's ruling that the accused be treated as an adult.

Pradyuman, a seven-year-old student of the same school, was found with his throat slit outside the school's washroom on September 8 last year. The Juvenile Justice Board, on December 20 a year ago, while noting that the accused was mature enough to recognise the consequences of his actions, held that he would be tried as an adult and directed that he be produced before the Gurgaon sessions court. The apex investigating agency had trashed the probe by the Gurugram police which had bus conductor Ashok Kumar on the charges of minor's murder. After hearing arguments of the counsel for the accused, the CBI and the complainant on Saturday, the court had reserved its order for January 8.

"There is no case for automatic bail as CBI arrested the accused on November 7 and it has a period of 90 days to file the charge sheet", Tekriwal said. On interrogation, the teen had confessed to murdering Pradyuman.

The psychological report of the juvenile was prepared by senior clinical psychologist Dr Joginder Singh Kairo after spending five hours with him in the observation home.

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The defence counsel claimed the charge sheet in the matter was not filed within one month, as prescribed in the Juvenile Justice Act, and the accused was not given required documents.

The teen randomly picked Pradyuman and slit his throat in school's bathroom to avert the scheduled Parent teacher meeting in the school and also to postpone his approaching examination. The Board had directed the accused to be produced before Gurgaon Sessions court noting that the accused was mature enough to recognise the consequences of his actions, NDTV reported.

Therefore if convicted, the accused student will be kept in a correctional home till he is 21 years old, following which the court will decide whether he will be moved to a jail or granted a bail.

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