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Ryan murder: Court grants three-day police remand of one school official, other sent to judicial custody

Gurgaon police had demanded a four-day remand of Francis Thomas, the regional head of the Ryan group of institutions but the court granted them only three-day custody.

gurgaon Updated: Sep 13, 2017 22:22 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
Ryan International School,Bhindsi,Sohna
HR head of Ryan Group of Institutions Jayesh Thomas was sent to judicial custody.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Two arrested officials of Ryan International School were produced in Sohna court on Wednesday after the end of the three-day police remand. The two have been booked under Section 75 of Juvenile Justice Act.

Gurgaon police had demanded a four-day remand of Francis Thomas, the regional head of the Ryan group of institutions but the court granted them only three-day custody. The processing ended in twenty minutes and the order was passed after a ten-minute break.

The police said they sought a remand of Francis to recover documents related to the verification of employees, including the conductor and drivers, from their headquarters in Mumbai and Delhi. The police also want to scrutinize the funds provided to the schools to ensure the safety of the students.

The HR head, Jayesh Thomas, was sent to judicial custody to Bhondsi jail and will be produced before the special court on September 16. There is no recovery to be made at his end and the investigation is over at his part, officials said.

The special court will fast-track the proceedings as they have been booked under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act and Section 12 of the POCSO Act in the FIR.

Advocate Ram Niwas Yadav, the public prosecutor, argued for an extended police remand as the documents which are importantly related to the safety and security lapses are yet to be recovered by the police.

Francis alleged that he had sent several emails and letters to the Mumbai Office in Kandivali for actions resorting to CCTV cameras, boundary wall and verification but was yet to receive any reply from their head office.

The public prosecutor also sought an extended remand on other matters, relating to fire NOC and financials, that were allegedly sent for approval. Thomas assured he will provide all the documents, as he has them documented in his mailbox. He also said that whenever he received any request from the schools for any approval for infrastructure, he never delayed it and the same was provided in a timely manner.

The duo, arrested for alleged negligence in the murder of an eight-year-old student class 2 of Ryan International School in Bhondsi on Friday, requested the Supreme Court to transfer the case from Gurgaon to a Delhi court.

Francis Thomas, the administrator of school’s north zone, told the court that lawyers in Sohna were not ready to represent him or other accused in the case as the bar association had taken a decision in this regard.

Thomas’ lawyer, senior advocate KTS Tulsi, told a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra that the district bar associations of both places had passed a resolution on September 9 not to defend the accused.

The accused were arrested on Sunday night and booked under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act. The police added Section 34 (common intention) of the IPC in the murder case on Monday. Section 75 of the Justice Juvenile Act deals with cruelty and crime against children under the custody of someone and invites punishment of 5-10 years.

First Published: Sep 13, 2017 22:22 IST