Nearly two months after he was arrested on charges of killing 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur at his school, Ashok Kumar, a school bus conductor, could get bail today. Earlier this week, the CBI made the jaw-dropping disclosure that it believes a Class 11 student, had killed Pradyuman on September 8 at Ryan International School, a private and expensive school in Gurgaon near Delhi.
Pradyuman was found with his throat slit after he went into a ground floor bathroom at the school. The Gurgaon Police arrested Ashok Kumar about 20 hours later, alleging that he had tried to force himself on the child and then killed him with a knife when he resisted. The police claimed that Ashok Kumar, whose family lives in Bhondsi, a village in Gurgaon, had confessed to the murder that stunned the country and raised a national debate on safety in schools.
Ashok Kumar's wife, Mamta, has said that they are likely to sue the Gurgaon police for framing him.
The CBI took over the investigation on September 22. It says that forensic and other evidence points to the Class 11 student as the killer. The agency claims that he was a poor student who was being counselled for anger management and wanted to use the murder to delay exams. While he had planned the killing, he had not zeroed in on Pradyuman as his victim till he encountered him near the bathroom, said sources.