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The anticipatory bail granted to Ryan Pinto, CEO of Ryan Group and his parents Augustine and Grace Pinto who are also Chairman and Managing Director of the Ryan Group respectively, in the case of murder of Pradyuman by the Punjab and Haryana HIgh Court has been cancelled by the Supreme Court bench of Justice RK Aggarwal and Justice AM Sapre.
The court opined that the matter is still under investigation by the CBI and the CBI still has not concluded the matter as far as the involvement of the above parties in the whole incident and the above persons or parties had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court for seeking the interim bail in the matter till CBI present the challan and the same has been granted to them by the bench of single judge. Therefore, grant of interim bail by the Punjab and Haryana Court till the presentation of Challan cannot be faulted with.
Pradyuman, a 7-year old was murdered in the premises of the Ryan International School, Gurgaon on september 8, 2017 and subsequently FIR was registered under section 302 IPC, section 25 Arms Act, section 75 Juvenile Justice (Care and Prevention) Act and section 12 Protection of Children from Sexual offences against the Pintos. Later on 22 september a notification was issued by the Haryana Government to transfer the investigation in the matter to the CBI with the registration of fresh FIR.
Punjab and Haryana HIgh Court on 7 october, 2017 directed the Pintos to join the CBI investigation and in case of their arrest they be released on interim bail. However, the application seeking the interim bail was challenged by the Barun Thakur, father of Pradyuman Thakur by way of filing Special Leave Petition however the on 6 november, 2017 supreme court rejected the petition of Barun Thakur refusing to interfere and directed to HC to decide on the application rapidly.
However, on 21 november, the HC considered the fact that there has been no evidence on record to show negligence on the part of Pinto and neither they have been called for investigation by the CBI nor do the FIR registered in the matter mentions the criminal conspiracy under section 120 IPC and based on the above facts granted the anticipatory bail to the Pintos. But the bail was granted with the restriction that till the time investigation are pending they will not leave the country or will not hamper or tamper any evidence or witness in the matter.
On Wednesday the advocate of Barun Thakur submitted before the SC that the Pintos by using their influential and affluent position might disrupt the CBI investigation. It was further submitted that probability of involvement of managerial authorities in the case by looking at the way the murder has been committed. The advocate for petitioner also relied on the fact that the school did not registered any FIR in the matter.