Pradhuman Thakur Murder Case: Gurugram Juvenile Justice Board Rejects Minor Accused’s Plea
New Delhi, Nov 16: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday told the Gurugram Sessions Court that the Haryana Police forced Ryan International School bus conductor Ashok to say he killed seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur. Even as the CBI opposed Ashok’s bail plea on Thursday, it told the court that the conductor was beaten up by the police to forcefully confess to killing Pradyuman.
However, the CBI said that they wanted Ashok to remain in custody till investigations were on. The hearing on bail plea of Ashok has now been adjourned till November 20. “CBI has clearly said that they are not yet giving a clean chit to anyone including Ashok,” said Sushil Tekriwal, the lawyer of the Thakur family. (Minister asked me not to demand CBI probe: Pradyuman’s father)
During the hearing, the Gurugram Sessions Court on Thursday asked the CBI to file a detailed reply regarding the basis of bus conductor Ashok’s arrest by 2:00 pm. Ashok’s lawyer Mohit Verma had moved a bail plea in the court, after the bus conductor was cleared of the charges.
Seven-year-old Pradyuman was found inside the toilet of the school with his throat slit on September 8. The case witnessed a huge twist last week when the CBI apprehended a Class XI student of the same school alleging he was the one who killed Pradyuman. The CBI said that the student had confessed to killing Pradyuman.
The CBI claimed that the student was weak in studies and he allegedly attacked Pradyuman to get the upcoming exams and parent-teacher meeting (PTM) postponed. However, the Class 11 student told Gurugram’s Child Protection and Welfare Officer (CPWO) Reenu Saini that CBI sleuths threatened to kill his younger brother if he continues to deny hand in Pradyuman’s murder.
The father of the Class 11 student has been maintaining that his son was innocent and being tortured.
“My son is being tortured, he was hung upside down and brutally thrashed. He is completely innocent,” he told reporters. “Only one PTM had happened till now and all teachers had praised my son’s performance and behaviour. I have his marksheets,” the father of the accused student told media.