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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed the transit anticipatory bail pleas of Ryan International Group’s founders and trustees, who are apprehending their arrests in connection with the gruesome murder of 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur. The court, however, granted them one-day interim protection to approach the appropriate courts in Haryana.

A single-judge bench of Justice Ajay Gadkari has also asked Ryan Pinto and his parents – Augustine and Grace Pinto — to deposit their passports with the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, before 9 pm on Thursday; else, the police will be free to arrest them. The-seven-year-old was found with his throat slit inside the school at Gurgaon. This means the Pinto family has time till Friday evening (5 pm) to move an appropriate court in Haryana to seek anticipatory bail.

The decision comes after Justice Gadkari considered the submissions of additional public prosecutor Aruna Pai and advocate Sushil Tekriwal, who appeared for Pradyuman’s father. The advocates had vehemently opposed the pleas and contended that a transit anticipatory bail is not permissible under any law in India. They also argued that anticipatory bail can be given in ordinary cases, but not in this case, which is rare and much serious.

Advocate Tekriwal had also claimed that the Pintos were leaving no stone unturned to fabricate the evidence. Prosecutor Pai had urged the court to dismiss the plea as the Pintos have the option to move any court in Haryana and seek protection.

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