The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted interim protection from arrest to Ryan International Group's top officials till Wednesday in connection with the murder of a boy on the school's premises in Gurugram. Meanwhile, their son, Ryan Pinto, has also moved high court.
The Pintos had filed a transit, anticipatory bail application, seeking relief till they approached an appropriate court in Haryana. I will hear the pleas tomorrow. One of the two interventions is by Barun Thakur, father of Pradyumn, the slain child.
Justice A S Gadkari told Thakur's lawyer Sushil Tekriwal: "Until and unless you (Thakur) provide a copy of the application to the applicants (Pintos), how do you expect them to respond?" The court extended the interim relief it had granted to the Pintos for a day on Tuesday, by another day.
Thakur alleged in his application that the school's trustees were "vicariously responsible, liable, accountable, answerable for the culpability and guilt for which the bail application should be dismissed in limine (at the threshold)". Ryan Pinto's application said that he can not be considered an accused in the murder case where even Section 25 of the Arms Act has been invoked. Advocate Niteen Pradhan, who was appearing for the Pintos, said that as the interrogation of his clients was still underway in Mumbai by a team of two Haryana cops, they were apprehensive of being arrested before they could reach Haryana and file an application for anticipatory bail there.
"The death has caused deep pain and grief not only to the parents and family of the child but also to the trustees, management, staff and students of the school", they said in their applications, calling the incident the "darkest" hour for the victim's family and the institution. The accused said his fundamental rights were being violated, said Pradhan, pointing out that the apex court has posted the matter for hearing on Monday. On Monday, founding chairman Augustine Pinto (73) and his wife Grace Pinto (62), the managing director, had approached the HC seeking anticipatory bail apprehending arrest in the case.