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Gurgaon school murder: Bombay HC grants Ryan International owners protection from arrest

The relief for Pinto’s parents, Augustine, 73, and Grace, 62, is, however, limited till tomorrow only.

mumbai Updated: Sep 13, 2017 13:44 IST
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The Bombay high court on Tuesday granted protection from arrest to the founders of the Ryan International Group, and the parents of its CEO, Ryan Pinto, who had sought anticipatory bail in connection with the murder of an eight-year-old boy on their institution’s campus in Gurgaon.

The relief for Augustine, 73, and Grace, 62, is, however, limited till tomorrow only.

Justice Ajey Gadkari adjourned the hearing on the couple’s plea to tomorrow, and granted them interim relief till then after assistant public prosecutor Aruna Pai-Kamat opposed their transit anticipatory bail plea and sought time to tender an Apex Court ruling on the issue of grant of transit bail.

They reacted by saying this application is only for transit anticipatory bail, so as to allow the applicants to approach the court with jurisdiction to consider their plea for regular anticipatory bail. The founding members of the Ryan International Group had approached the high court on Monday.

The bail pleas were filed following the arrest of two top officials of the Ryan International School in Gurgaon.

On Monday, advocate Niteen Pradhan, who represented the couple, had said that a plea was also filed seeking similar relief for Ryan Pinto,but his application was not listed for hearing on Tuesday.

The Pintos, in their plea, said that while the death of the boy was unfortunate, the management cannot be held culpable and that they themselves were victims of the unfortunate circumstances.

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, the applications said.

This is not only the darkest hour for the family, but also for the institution. Such an incident has taken place for the first time in the past four decades since the institution was set up, the three said in their bail pleas.