The Gurgaon court on Monday has denied bail to the 16 year old boy in Pradyumnan Thakur, a junior student at Ryan International School. The accused is a senior student in the same school.
The additional session’s judge gave this verdict on Monday. The victim, Padyumnana Thakur, was found with his throat slit in the school’s washroom on September 8 last year.
The main argument of counsel for the accused that this is a murder case and the bail should be given to the accused even though he is a minor. As the evidence is very strong, it should be considered as normal criminal murder.
The defence counsel claimed the charge sheet in the matter was not filed within one month, as prescribed in the Juvenile Justice Act, and he was not given required documents. Opposing the contention, the CBI said the mandatory period for filing a charge sheet is 90 days under CrPC provisions.
The counsel for the CBI said that “circumstances have changed” as the accused had been declared an adult by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB). Therefore, the charge sheet needed to be filed within three months. Seeking dismissal of the bail plea, the CBI said the JJB order to try the accused as an adult spoke about his mental status and the fact that he committed a heinous crime.
Advocate Sushil Tekriwal, appearing for the victim’s father Barun Thakur, questioned the maintainability of the application and said the accused should file a fresh bail plea before the court due to the changed circumstances.
Earlier, the Gurgaon Police had claimed the crime was committed by a school bus conductor, which was later refuted by the CBI.
The probe agency had claimed the teenager had killed the boy in a bid to get the school closed so that a parent- teacher meeting and an examination could be deferred. The court was hearing an appeal filed by the accused against an order of the JJB denying him bail.