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CBI says Ryan Pinto possibly involved in conspiracy behind Pradyumn’s murder

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has prima facie found that Ryan Augustine Pinto, chief executive officer (CEO) of Ryan group of Institution, could be a part of the conspiracy behind murder of seven years old, Pradyumn in the school.

“Possibility of him (Ryan Pinto) being member of the conspiracy behind murder of master Pradyumn in the washroom of Ryan International school, Bhondi, Gurugram on September 8 and its abetment, destruction of the evidence by him cannot be ruled out,” says the premier agency.

These assertions from the agency were made on Saturday before the Punjab and Haryana high court while strongly opposing the anticipatory bail plea filed by Ryan Augustine Pinto.

On Ryan’s plea that he is neither connected with Ryan International School Gurugram nor its managing committee, the CBI has submitted that as per the school magazine, Ryan Pinto is the CEO of the Ryan Group of Institutions and all schools are working under his control.

“Prima facie, the careless attitude of the management has aided to the murder of the Pradyumn. Investigation is at crucial stage and larger conspiracy is yet to be unearthed. Any relief at this stage may hamper the course of investigation and he may misuse the liberty of bail granted to him”, argued the CBI.

Agency has also found that the bus drivers, conductors and other staff, which were not supposed to enter the toilets of students, were regularly using the same toilets. Even the boundary wall of the school was not constructed from the past many years and the management had not taken any action. During its visit to school, CBI found that the boundary wall was constructed recently.

Referring to the investigation, initially carried out by Haryana police, CBI has stated that the CCTV cameras in most of the buses was not working and security guards were found to be lethargic and not vigilant to verify the details of visitors entering the school premises. Tube lights were not working in most of the boys washrooms in entire building.

“Careless attitude of the school authorities and lapses in the security seems to have led to the murder of Pradyumn. Interrogation of Ryan Pinto is very much essential in the interest of investigation of the case and also to unearth the larger conspiracy behind the murder”, agency has claimed.

Ryan had filed the plea for interim bail along with his father Augustine Pinto and mother and managing director (MD) of the group, Grace Pinto.

On Pinto family’s claims that they have deep roots in the society and pose no risk and there can be no apprehension of their absconding, the premier agency has submitted “status of a person in the society does not allow him to claim special/different treatment in the eyes of law”.

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