The Haryana government on Tuesday officially recommended a CBI investigation into the murder of Ryan International School student Pradhyumn Thakur but not before the boy’s father criticised the delay since the CM had made the announcement four days ago. Sleuthing work in the case has gone into a lull and the police, after promising a charge sheet within seven days and forming a special investigation team (SIT), are no longer showing the same urgency since the investigation is out of their hands.
All three arrested in the case so far -bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who has been charged with murder, and Ryan officials Francis Thomas and Jayesh Thomas, who have been booked under the Juvenile Justice Act for negligence -have now been sent to judicial custody as everyone waits for the CBI to come into the picture.
Barun had demanded a CBI probe a day after the September 8 murder of Pradhyumn inside the washroom of the school’s campus in Bhondsi. Pradhyumn’s throat was slit by the killer. Kumar (42) was arrested for the murder and police were moving towards filing a chargesheet against him, claiming he was the only suspect they had, when the CBI probe order came.
The CBI can only take over an investigation after the central government issues a notification.