Ryan International Case: Officials Moved to SC

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New Delhi: An official of the Ryan Group on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the student murder case from outside a local court at Sohna, alleging the bar has restrained lawyers from representing the accused in the sensational case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar considered the submission of senior advocate K T S Tulsi that the fundamental right of a person to be represented by a lawyer of his choice is getting infringed.

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Arrested Ryan International School official Francis Thomas, the regional head of the group, has requested the Supreme Court to transfer the case out of Haryana, with the apex court deciding to hear the matter on Monday, as per reports.

Thomas was among the two officials from the Ryan International Group of Institutions arrested under Section 75 (care and negligence) of the JJ Act. The development comes nearly four days after a Class II student at Gurugram’s Ryan International School was murdered inside the school premises.

Meanwhile, the transit anticipatory bail applications moved by Augustine Pinto, the founding chairman of the institution, and his wife Grace Pinto, will be heard at 3 pm in the Bombay High Court. The court will also hear the intervention application of complainant as well.

The brutal murder was discovered when seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was found with his throat slit in a washroom within the school premises last week Friday. Ashok, a bus conductor with the school, was arrested the same evening. Police said that Ashok had confessed to the crime.