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Ryan Group Seeks Transfer Of Trial Out Of Haryana:- An official of the Ryan Group moved the Supreme Court, seeking transfer of the student murder case from outside a local court at Sohna. The official alleged that the bar has restrained lawyers from representing the accused in the sensational case.
Meanwhile, an intervention application in the Bombay High Court, opposing pre-arrest bail pleas of Ryan Group’s trustees has been filed by the victim’s father. The submission of senior advocate KTS Tulsi was considered by a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar. Tulsi stated that the fundamental right of a person to be represented by a lawyer of his choice is getting infringed.
The counsel of Francis Thomas, northern zone head of Ryan Group was assured by the bench, that it will hear the petition on September 18. Thomas was arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of the boy in school premises on last Friday.
The bar bodies at Sohna and Gurgaon in Haryana have asked their member lawyers not to represent any person or accused in the brutal murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman, alleged Tulsi.
“The fundamental right under Article 21 (Right to Life and Personal Liberty) is being infringed,” Tulsi said, adding that the apex court may consider transferring of the case outside Sohna in Haryana.
The Class 2 student, Pradyuman was found with his throat slit on the morning of September 8 in the toilet of Ryan International School in Gurgaon. The police alleged that the bus conductor (42) killed him with a knife after the boy resisted an attempt to sodomize him.
The pleas filed by Pradyuman’s father and two women lawyers on the issue are already been heard by the apex court. The investigation by the CBI or an SIT into the case, has been sought by the victim’s father, while the women advocates have sought framing of “non-negotiable” child safety conditions and implementation of existing guidelines to protect school-going children from offences like sexual abuse and murder across the country.
The plea, which also sought cancellation of licences and forfeiture of state grants of erring schools, will be heard by the court along with the father’s petition on September 15.