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Juvenile Justice Board to give order on trying juvenile in fast-track court

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - 6:07pm IST Updated: Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - 6:11pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
The Juvenile Justice Board will pronounce its order on Thursday on whether a juvenile involved in Delhi gang-rape-cum-murder case be prosecuted along with other five accused in the fast-track court.

The Juvenile Justice Board will pronounce its order tomorrow on whether a juvenile involved in Delhi gang-rape-cum-murder case be prosecuted along with other five accused in the fast-track court.

The Board presided over by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel today reserved its order on a petition filed by Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy seeking that no leniency be shown to juvenile as his act was brutal and crime committed by him shows that it was not the action of a juvenile.

He submitted that the juvenile be prosecuted like all the other co-accused in the case in which arguments of charge will commence tomorrow in a fast-track-court presided by Sessions Judge.

"The order will be pronounced tomorrow at 4 pm," the Board Principal Magistrate Goel said.

Seeking directions to stay the proceedings of the case before it, Swamy referred to the "discrepancies" between the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

"The JJ Act terms those above 18 as adults, while the IPC says its 12," Swamy said adding "The concept of criminal responsibility needs to be added into the Act and allow the court to differentiate between innocent children and juvenile delinquents".


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