New Delhi: The verdict in the December 16 gang-rape case involving a minor was on Thursday deferred to August 5 by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB). Earlier, the court had fixed July 25 as the date of pronouncement of the verdict.
The JJB presided over by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel postponed the verdict for August 5 considering the fact that the Supreme Court is seized of a petition concerning the interpretation of the term ‘juvenile’, counsel for the accused Rajesh Tiwari said.
He also said that the sentence (dispositional order) in the robbery case, in which the juvenile has already been held guilty by the JJB, has also been deferred to August 5.
The JJB's order was put off in the light of the plea of Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy for a fresh interpretation of the term 'juvenile' which he raised in the wake of the December 16 incident in which a 23-year-old was brutally gang-raped and assaulted in a moving bus in south Delhi. She died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.
Agreeing to hear his plea, the Supreme Court had on July 23 asked Swamy to inform the JJB about his pending petition in the Apex Court. Accordingly, Swamy had informed the JJB about the direction given by the Apex Court pursuant to which he was asked by the Board to furnish an affidavit in this regard.


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Delhi gang-rape case: Verdict on juvenile accused likely today


New Delhi: A Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Thursday is likely to pronounce its verdict on the role of minor accused in the December 16 gang-rape and murder case. The board had reserved its judgement on July 11.


The board, headed by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel, had reserved the verdict after counsel for the accused and the prosecution submitted their clarifications. The verdict will be first in the gang-rape case which led to massive protest across the country.


The juvenile accused in the case is being tried for the gang-rape and brutal assault of the paramedic student in a moving bus last year. The murder charge was slapped after the victim died on December 29 in a Singapore hospital.


Besides the juvenile, the four adult accused-Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur-are being tried by a special fast track court. Proceedings against key accused Ram Singh abated after his death on March 11 when he was found hanging in his cell in Tihar Jail.


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