The Delhi government will recommend a CBI probe into the death of a six-year-old student at a city school on January 30 due to alleged shortcomings in the ongoing police probe, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Sunday.
A magisterial probe ordered by the Delhi government into the case said that “deliberate” inaction by the school authorities amounted to “gross criminal negligence” which led to the death of the child.
“We will definitely recommend CBI probe into death of Divyansh. We can see shortcomings in the ongoing probe. Divyansh’s parents levelled serious allegations,” said Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio in the AAP government.
Sources said the final announcement about the CBI probe was not made because chief minister Kejriwal was out of Delhi. Kejriwal, however, returned late on Sunday evening. He took stock of the various governance issues in Delhi, including the probe in the Ryan death case. A formal communication to the Centre will be made soon.
Divyansh Kakrora, a Class I student at Ryan International School in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj, was found dead inside a water tank in the school on January 30, triggering allegations that foul play was involved. Five people have been arrested in the case, including the school’s principal.
Kakrora’s father Ramhet Meena filed a police complaint on Saturday – copies of which he forwarded to the Union home and human resource development ministry, raising 26 questions related to his son’s death.
On Sunday, Meena met city women and child welfare minister Sandeep Kumar and demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe.
“We spoke to the minister. We told him about our problems with the police. We told him how the police was not probing the matter in a proper way. We have given a memo to the minister about this. He has promised action in this matter and has said that he would recommend a CBI probe. He also told us that he would meet the chief minister on Sunday evening and discuss ways to deliver justice to the kid,” Meena said.
The probe should begin as soon as possible because any delay in the matter may also lead to manipulation of evidences, he added.