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Pradyuman murder case: Bail plea of 16-year-old accused rejected

1/8/2018

Gurugram, A District Court here on Monday dismissed the bail application of a 16-year-old student who was accused of killing the Standard II pupil Pradyuman Thakur at Ryan International School at Gurugram. On September 8, 2017, Pradyuman, a student of Ryan International School, was found with his throat slit in the washroom. It was alleged that the teenager had killed Pradyuman in a bid to get the school closed so that a parent teacher meeting could be deferred. Additional Sessions Judge Jasbir Singh Kundu was hearing an appeal filed by the accused against an order of the Juvenile Justice Board( JJB). The Board had earlier rejected the bail application of the Class 11 Ryan International School student by saying in its order that the accused was mature enough to recognise the consequences of his actions. Defense counsel submitted that the charge sheet in the matter was not filed within one month as prescribed in the Juvenile Justice Act and required documents were also not provided so bail may be granted on this ground alone. Defence further submitted that a sound surety will be produced before the court if bail is granted. Counsel for CBI opposed the bail application by submitting that the mandatory period for filing a charge sheet is 90 days under the Criminal Procedure Code. It was further submitted by CBI that "circumstances have changed" as the accused had been declared an adult by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB).

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