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Delhi gang-rape trial: Plea seeking inclusion of juvenile among other accused rejected

Thursday, 24 January 2013 - 5:42pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Earlier, Delhi high court rejected the plea saying the petitioner could 'take proper recourse' by moving a sessions court if the juvenile justice board did not allow his plea.

A plea for prosecution of the juvenile accused in the December 16 gangrape case along with the five adult accused was on Thursday dismissed by principal magistrate Geetanjali Goel of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB).

On Wednesday, the plea was moved in the high court seeking a direction to prosecute the juvenile along with other co-accused in the case, saying the waiver from prosecution to such minors was "unreasonable".

The Delhi high court had disposed of his plea, saying, "There was no cause of action to entertain this PIL at this stage." The bench had, however, said the petitioner could "take proper recourse" by moving a sessions court if JJB did not allow his plea on the issue.

The 23-year-old paramedic was gangraped and brutally assaulted by six persons in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16 and dumped on the road. She died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.

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