To establish the interpretation of the term juvenile in the statue, the Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on the pleas seeking its review so that it can determine the juvenility of an offender in heinous crimes.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam reserved the order after hearing the two petitions filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and parents of the victim of the December 16 gangrape, challenging the constitutional validity of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. Both were opposed by the Centre.
The girl’s father had challenged the verdict of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and stated that it was not acceptable to the family.
However, Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra opposed the plea saying that “judicial flavour is not lost in the JJB proceedings” and the age limit of 18 years fixed for not trying a person in criminal court is a valid parameter based on research worldwide.
The Bench had on Tuesday completed the arguments on behalf of Swamy.