Gurugram, Sep 15: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar ordered CBI probe into the murder of 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, who was killed past week in the Ryan International School here. Khattar further announced that the school management would be taken over by the state for the next three months.
“This case is handed over to the CBI for investigation,” Khattar said. On being asked whether action would be taken against the school authorities, the CM said it would be based upon the probe findings. He, however, confirmed that the school management would be taken over by the state for next three months.
“State government will look after the management of the school for three months,” he told reporters here.
Earlier in the day, Khattar met the bereaved family of Pradyuman, assuring them justice in time-bound manner. The victim’s family sought actions against the school authorities, claiming that attempts are being made to shield other culprits.
The Gurugram Police has so far arrested bus driver Ashok Kumar, presenting him as the main accused in the case. According to the claim made by investigators, he has confessed to his crime of murdering the child during the interrogation. However, Kumar’s family has accused the police of using torture to extract the confession of the 42-year-old.
Meanwhile, Ryan Pinto, the chief executive officer of the Ryan group, has filed the anticipatory bail plea in the Bombay High Court to ward off his possible arrest.
Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar, while speaking to the press, said cross-questioning of school staff and office-bearers would be conducted to verify the claims made by them and bring out facts in the case.
The Gurugram Police, which had assured filing of chargesheet within seven days last Wednesday, sought additional seven days today. “We will filed the chargesheet very soon, but can’t confirm the exact date,” Khirwar was reported as saying.