Delhi gang-rape: SC allows JJB to deliver verdict involving minor - The New Indian Express

Delhi gang-rape: SC allows JJB to deliver verdict involving minor

Published: 22nd August 2013 12:24 PM

Last Updated: 22nd August 2013 12:26 PM

The Supreme Court today allowed the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) to deliver its verdict in the December 16 gang-rape and murder case involving a minor.

The apex court, however, admitted a plea seeking fresh interpretation of the term 'juvenile' in the statute on the basis of mental and intellectual maturity of minor offenders instead of the age limit of 18 years while fixing their culpability.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam agreed to hear former MP Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking fresh interpretation of the term 'juvenile' but said the JJB can go ahead with pronouncing the verdict in the case.

The bench also issued notice to the Centre on Swamy's plea.

Earlier, the apex court had said that the JJB be informed not to pronounce its verdict involving the juvenile, who was one of six persons who had allegedly brutally gang-raped a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus here, till it decides the PIL. The girl died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.

On August 19, the JJB, presided over by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel, had postponed till August 31 the verdict for the fourth time since July 11 on the ground that a PIL had been filed in the Supreme Court.

The inquiry against the juvenile in the gang-rape and robbery case had concluded on July 5. While the verdict in the gang-rape and murder case is yet to be pronounced, he has already been held guilty of robbing a carpenter who had boarded the bus the same night. The sentence, however, is yet to be awarded.

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