The accused, in the presence of his father, independent witnesses, and the welfare officer of the CBI, has admitted his involvement in Pradyuman's murder, the agency said. Once the CBI took over the case, it automatically probed the role of investigating officers, agency sources said.
The investigators had accused that the juvenile had committed the crime to postpone the examinations and the parent-teacher meeting that was set to happen soon in the school.
In a complete u-turn the juvenile has retracted his statement given to the CBI in connection with the Ryan murder case.
According to CBI sources, within weeks of initial investigation, their prime suspect was the class XI standard student and not the bus conductor, who was arrested on the day of murder by Gurugram police. "There were many clues which a cop won't normally miss", a CBI officer said on Monday. The agency also indicated that the probe might be compromised and the knife- thought to be the murder weapon- was planted on Ashok Kumar.
Earlier, the CBI produced the accused, who is a minor, before the JJB and demanded his six-day custody. Days later, the police arrested a school bus conductor for the murder; he allegedly confessed to killing Pradhyumn.
The SIT team of the Gurugram Police were the first ones to investigate Pradyuman's killing and had on the day of the incident arrested the school bus conductor nearly asserting him as the main culprit. CBI officials say that this is not a setback to the investigation.
The child in conflict with law will now be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, where the court is expected to decide whether he is to be treated as a major or a minor as per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
Pradhuman Thakur, the seven-year-old boy, was found near the toilet of Ryan International School with his throat slit on September 8 morning within an hour of his father leaving him at the school. The CBI began probing the case from September 22 and arrested the Ryan student on November 8, It also gave a clean chit to the conductor.
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