The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked three administrators of Ryan International School to surrender their passports by 9 PM tonight. The court also refused to grant anticipatory bail to Ryan Pinto, Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto.
Varun Kumar Thakur, father of the seven-year-old victim in the sensational Ryan International School murder case had opposed the transit anticipatory bail applications moved by Ryan International group's CEO Ryan Pinto along with his parents Augustine Pinto, the founding chairman of the group and Grace Pinto, its managing director.
Justice Ajey Gadkari of the Bombay High Court refused to grant transit bail to owners of the school after the Maharashtra government argued that the crime was of a serious nature. Justice Gadkari also asked the trio to deposit passports with the Mumbai police commission.
The trio has been given till 9 PM on Thursday to submit their passports in a bid to stop them from fleeing the country. Ryan Pinto's counsel argued that he was neither a trustee nor on the payroll of the institution but the court was not convinced by the argument. The owners of the school will now have until September 15 to approach a court in Haryana to seek fresh anticipatory bail. The trio will, however, have to be present in person while filing the application.