Mumbai: A day after the Bombay High Court rejected the anticipatory transit bail plea of Ryan International Schools’ trustees, an NGO fighting for students said on Friday that “the trustees must be put behind bars to set an example.”
Chairman Birbal Jha of Mithilalok Foundation, which is providing legal assistance to the family of the seven-year-old student who was murdered on September 8 in the school’s Gurugram branch, said legal teams were ready in New Delhi and Chandigarh to challenge the anticipatory bail applications of the trustees. “The Bombay High Court has given interim stay on their arrests till 5 p.m. today. Hence, the trustees may approach the Supreme Court or the High Court in Chandigarh for relief. Our lawyers are stationed at both the courts. We shall spare no efforts to ensure the trustees go behind bars to set an example,” Jha told IANS.
The Bombay High Court had on Thursday dismissed the anticipatory transit bail plea of the school trustees but granted conditional interim stay on their arrest till Friday 5 pm.
The trustees —Augustine F. Pinto, his wife Grace and their son Ryan—were ordered by Justice AS Gadkari to deposit their passports with the Mumbai Police by 9 pm on Thursday, which they complied. According to school sources, Augustine F. Pinto, 73, is reportedly ill with multiple ailments, including Alzheimer’s disease.