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Bombay High Court Rejects Ryan Trustees' Bail Plea, Bars From Leaving Country

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| September 14 , 2017 , 18:38 IST

Days after a seven-year-old student was found killed in the washroom of Ryan International School, Bombay High Court has barred the owners of the education institute group from leaving the country.

Rejecting the anticipatory transit bail plea, the high court hearing the Ryan student murder case on Thursday ordered Ryan International founder Augustine Francis Pinto, his wife and managing director of the group Grace Pinto and their son and group CEO Ryan Pinto to submit their passports to the court, barring them from leaving the country.

On Monday, the group directors, Fearing arrest, had filed an anticipatory transit bail application before the Bombay High Court.

Although Bombay High Court, on Thursday, granted a conditional interim stay on their arrest, it dismissed their anticipatory transit bail plea. The stay is granted under interim protection for the trustees to enable them to approach an appropriate judicial authority in Haryana in the seven-year-old Gurugram student's murder in one of their schools.

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The victim's father had also approached the High Court opposing the bail plea, alleging that the trustees were "vicariously responsible, liable, accountable, and answerable for the culpability and guilt for which the bail application should be dismissed in limine."

"The remorseless, spineless and senseless approach and attitude of the school management, its directors/CEO and other top notch executives in this rarest case is absolutely inexcusable and hence, the present bail application deserves to be dismissed in toto," said the father's application to the court.

A seven-year-old boy Pradyuman Thakur, was found in the school washroom with his throat slit on September 8 morning. Police have arrested the bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who allegedly killed the kid after failing to sexually assault him.