Hours after the direction of the Bombay High Court, three trustees of Ryan International Group submitted their passports to Mumbai Police Commissioner, ANI said. According to PTI, the court had earlier rejected anticipatory bail pleas of group’s CEO Ryan Pinto and his parents Augustine Pinto, founding chairman, and Grace Pinto, the group’s managing director in connection with the murder of a boy in their Gurgaon based school.
The court also granted them interim protection till tomorrow so that could approach “higher court”, their lawyer said. They had approached the Bombay High Court, fearing arrest in the case after the school was accused of negligence, PTI said.
The report further said that lawyers of Varun Thakur, father of seven-year-old boy Pradhyuman who was murdered in a toilet of the school in Gurgaon and the Maharashtra government had opposed Pintos’ applications. They expressed concern that Pintos might try to flee the country or tamper with evidence.
“The applications filed by the three stand rejected. The interim relief granted to them earlier shall continue till tomorrow 5 pm. The applicants have to submit their passports to the commissioner by 9 pm today. If they fail to do so then the interim protection shall stand vacated,” the PTI quoted the court as saying. “Transit bail should not be granted in such cases where the offence is of serious nature,” additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai was quoted as saying by the agency.
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She cited a previous judgement of the Madhya Pradesh High Court which said that anticipatory bail pleas should only be considered only by the courts having”territorial jurisdiction”, said PTI.