The accused said on Monday that the investigators forced him to confess to a CBI team and a legal-cum-probation officer from the child protection unit appointed by the Juvenile Justice Board, according to a Hindustan Times report. He alleged the police had drugged and tortured Kumar to wring out a "confession". However what is important is that the confession has led to the recovery of a weapon and hence there is credence to the statement. "But even then the investigating agency will have to prove the case against the accused beyond doubt", said Karan Singh, a lawyer.
CBI sources say their investigations have revealed "illegality and destruction of evidence" by the police in Gurugram, who had declared that seven-year-old Pradyuman was killed by bus conductor Ashok Kumar on September 8. A class XI student who had claimed to have been the one who found the body of Pradyuman earlier, admitted to committing the crime after interrogation.
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.
The detained student was reportedly suspected of having watched a pornographic clip in the morning, and on seeing Pradyuman in the school bathroom, he might have tried to sexually assault him when he entered it, minutes after he was dropped by his father. The CBI said it apprehended the Class XI Ryan International School student last night.
The arrest had sparked theories about the botched investigation conducted by the Gurugram Police.
It was only once the CBI took over the case and dug a little deeper, that the real culprit came into light.
Earlier in the day, the father of the Ryan International School student claimed his son to be "innocent" and said that he was being beaten up by the probe agency.
Not just the police, the CBI is also believed to be probing if there was any political pressure on the police to let off the accused.
Earlier, the minor's father too alleged that his son was being tortured by the investigators.