Gurgaon Ryan International School murder: While hearing the plea filed by father of the student who was murdered, Supreme Court of India on Monday decided of its own accord, to examine the issue of safety measures in all private schools, Times of India reports. The father of 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, who was found dead in the school premises, had sought a CBI probe in the case, which also prompted the Supreme Court to seek response from Centre and Haryana government, Press Trust of India reports. An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, also sought a response from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on the plea, which has sought framing of guidelines to fix responsibility of school managements in case of such incidents and also regarding the safety and security of children, the report says. In a special observation, the bench said, “this petition is not restricted only to the school concerned as it has a country-wide ramification”.
Also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, the bench asked the governments and the CBSE to respond within three weeks. The father of the student, Barun Chandra Thakur, has demanded in his plea filed through advocate Sushil Tekriwal, that free and fair investigation should be conducted by the CBI under the monitoring of the apex court in the matter. In a shocking incident, a student was found with his throat slit and lying in a pool of blood in a washroom of the upmarket Gurgaon school on September 8.
Ashok Kumar, a school bus’ conductor, who allegedly killed the boy while trying to sexually abuse him, was arrested the same day. The Haryana Government has assured that a speedy probe in the matter will be conducted. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that probe will be completed within seven days and those found guilty will be punished.