Ryan Murder Case: School Bus Conductor Ashok Kumar Granted Bail
Ashok Kumar was arrested by the Gurugram police, which claimed that he had tried to sexually assault the seven-year-old kid in the school washroom but killed him with a knife when he resisted.
Bus conductor Ashok Kumar was arrested on September 9. (PTI Photo)
New Delhi: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was arrested on the charges of murdering Class II Ryan student Pradhuman Thakur in September, was granted bail by the Gurugram district court on Tuesday.
“The bail was granted under Article 21 of the constitution. There were a lot of differences between findings of CBI and Haryana Police. We were given the benefit of doubt,” Kumar’s counsel, Anil Sharma, told ANI.
He would be released after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 50,000 and has been asked to cooperate with the probe agencies as per requirement and to inform the police before leaving the city.
The parents of Kumar have planned a big homecoming and invited all the neighbours. Speaking to News18, he said, “We always knew he wasn’t the culprit. I told his kids that I would bring him home today evening. They miss him every day.”
Kumar was arrested by the Gurugram police, which claimed that he had tried to sexually assault the seven-year-old kid in the school washroom but killed him with a knife when he resisted.
The case was later taken over by the Central Bureau of Investigation, which on November 8 arrested a Class 11 student of the school in connection with the killing and rejected the police theory that the murder was the handiwork of Kumar.
After the second arrest, Kumar’s lawyer moved the court for bail and said the CBI had no proof against him. He said the CBI itself had claimed that the juvenile had confessed to his crime and the motive had also been established by the agency.
The CBI, however, had opposed the bail plea. Its counsel argued that the agency had not reached a stage in its probe where Kumar could be declared innocent. ‘He is still one of suspects in the case,” he said.
The probe agency accepted that it had no incriminating evidence against Kumar.
On the morning of September 8, Pradhuman was found dead in a toilet of the school with his throat slit, within an hour of his father leaving him at the school.
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