NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation had doubts about Gurugram police theory that bus conductor Ashok Kumar killed seven-year-old Pradhyumn inside school washroom and it kept Class 11 student on its list of “suspect” from very beginning. CBI has also not ruled out the possible role of another student in the crime.
After taking over probe from Gurugram police on September 22, CBI thoroughly examined the CCTV footage from a week before the murder date – September 8.
Within six days, on September 28, agency raided the residence of 16-year-old boy and recovered some articles/documents, which it felt were important.
In fact, CBI informed the court next day that it wanted to retain the articles/documents recovered from accused juvenile’s house for the purpose of investigation. The Gurugram court, while sending three accused at that time – Ashok Kumar, Francis Thomas (Ryan Group’s northern zone head) and Jeyus Thomas (school’s HR head) to judicial custody, allowed the central agency to retain articles/documents seized from the juvenile’s house. TOI has the copy of court order.
When asked on Friday, the agency refused to divulge the nature of articles/documents recovered from the ‘prime suspect’.
Sources said that the recovery material has been kept ‘secret’ because it’s crucial for the probe.
The recoveries made from the boy are reportedly being forensically examined, said sources.
CBI officials told TOI that the juvenile’s conduct was “suspicious” from the beginning as CCTV footage and circumstantial evidence clearly pointed towards his involvement in the crime. “But he was apprehended this week, almost one and a half months later, only after thorough examination of available evidence and eliminating other suspects,” said an officer requesting anonymity.
Meanwhile, agency is now focusing on the possible role of another student either in abetting the murder or helping in concealing the facts and destructing the evidence.
Sources say that they have not detained or questioned in last three days any other student, who was said to be seen with apprehended juvenile. But the officials are not ruling out the possibility of involvement of somebody else as well.
The statement of this second boy was earlier recorded by Gurugram police in front of a magistrate. The CBI is now verifying whether there were any discrepancies in his statements.
CBI has claimed that Class 11 student slit seven-year-old Pradhyumn’s throat after luring him inside the school washroom on September 8 as he wanted the school to declare a holiday in order to defer a scheduled parent-teacher meeting (PTM) and an examination.
The central agency has virtually given a clean chit to conductor Ashok Kumar and has ruled out sexual assault angle.