The sessions court refused to conduct a trial of a triple murder case, which was registered against an accused in January 2013, after the defense advocate proved that the accused was a juvenile, thus holding that the matter should be tried by the Juvunile Justice Board (JJB).
The court presided over by judge JT Utpat accepted the defence put forth by advocate, Swapnil Dighe, which had claimed that it was the duty of the police to find out the age of the accused. “
Right from the start, our contention was that my client was a juvenile and that the police did not verify his age. Rather the police revealed his identity. To prove our point, the defence produced the birth certificate, which specified that he was born in 1995.”
The case dates back to January 2013, when a young man, had allegedly stabbed three of his colleagues The accused, was an employee of Nataraj Bar in Chembur.