The bus conductor, who was arrested on the charges of murder and sexual assault of 8-year-old Pradyumn Thakur at Gurgaon’s Ryan International School, said on Friday that will file a case against the Haryana police and school’s administration for torturing and offending him. The Rohtak-based counsel for Ashok Kumar, Mohit Verma, said his client was made a fool in the case to save the actual wrongdoer.
His remarks came just a day after a class 11 student of the same school was detained by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly killing the second grader. This sensational twist in the case not just stunned the nation but also established questions over students’ protection inside schools. The 8-year-old boy was found dead with his throat slit outside a school toilet on September 8. “We are waiting for the CBI to file its closure report after which we will file cases against the police and school management for large-scale defamation of Ashok,” Verma said. He further added that Kumar was drugged and tortured by the police to confess the crime that he never committed in front of the media.
He said that “The police clearly botched up the probe. The CBI did not find any motive he could have had in murdering Pradyumn, while they established the motive of the arrested Class 11 boy behind the crime”. The Rohtak-based lawyer said the central agency came to the finale after looking at footage from the CCTV camera, which was ignored by the Haryana police saying it blurred. “The police had planted everything. They framed an innocent man. Who pressurized the police to do [that] is a matter of investigation, but whatever happened to Ashok amounts to torture,” he said. A CBI spokesperson said on Wednesday that the agency said it has not found any evidence of murder against Kumar but he has not been acquitted yet. The agency also not found any evidence sexual assault.
The agency has said to the juvenile court that the 16-year-old student was detained by the CBI in link with Thakur’s murder admitted to his crime before his dad and an independent witness. The juvenile has been sent to three-day CBI custody by the court.