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Posted at: Nov 15, 2017, 12:29 AM; last updated: Nov 15, 2017, 1:27 AM (IST)PRADYUMAN MURDER

Minister tried to dissuade me from seeking CBI probe: Dad

Minister tried to dissuade me  from seeking CBI probe: Dad

Sumedha Sharma

Tribune News Service

Gurugram, November 14

Varun Thakur, father of Pradyuman, who was murdered in Ryan International School, Gurugram, has alleged that PWD Minister Rao Narbir Singh had tried to dissuade him from demanding a CBI inquiry. This has strengthened rumours that political pressure was at play.

Thakur said he was satisfied with the CBI handling. He said he followed instincts rather than Rao Narbir’s advice, who asked him to let police probe the case and not demand a CBI inquiry.

“The minister visited me a number of times. He asked me not to go in for a CBI inquiry as it will be a

futile and time-consuming process. He told me that the CBI was burdened. The CBI investigation would be tedious and take at least a year while the police would deliver speedy results. As I  was unyielding after Ashok’s arrest,  he asked me what if the CBI found him guilty,” alleged Thakur.

He said he would file a plea seeking trial of the accused as an adult. “The way my son was killed was no child’s play. Age cannot be used as an excuse to escape. I will plead in court that he be tried as an adult,” he said.

Rao Narbir dismissed the charges as politically motivated. “I am shocked how some people are using an aggrieved father to train guns at me. I spoke to the CM and insisted on a CBI inquiry. I told the aggrieved father that it was just three days of investigation and it was too early to lose trust in the police. I asked him to wait, but when he said he wanted a CBI inquiry, I stood by him and got his demand fulfilled. I am shocked to learn about the allegations, but am sure truth will prevail. Any attempt to defame me will be dealt with seriously,” he said.

Authorities at the Faridabad correction home said the accused was disciplined. “He is like any teenager who cries the first night. He adjusted to the routine of waking up early, going for exercise, eating with other boys and playing. His parents met him for about 10 minutes today and were in tears,” said an official.

CBI probes social life, cyber habits of accused 

The CBI is trying to understand better the teenage accused in the Pradyuman murder case before the next hearing on November 22. It has tasked the local child welfare committee with reviewing his social life while it is itself reviewing everything from his social accounts to net surfing habits. “The motive cited by the accused needs behavioural justification. So, we are trying to figure out his thought process, his strengths and fears etc. We are looking into his virtual and social life. While the child welfare committee will look into things such as who were his friends; what was his behaviour in school; his village etc. The hard disc of a computer, a mobile phone and some other gadgets seized from his house are being analysed to understand his internet surfing habits. We want to know what made him do this or what made him choose the method to deal with exams or the parent-teacher meeting,” said a member of the investigation team. The agency had during a search of his house seized gadgets and documents but kept the seizure under wraps. Now, as the next hearing of the juvenile court approaches, the CBI  is looking into these aspects to decide on whether to seek his remand or not. TNS

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