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    36 years after the murder, the convict told the Supreme Court- I was a minor then

    New Delhi. Years ago, an accused convicted in a murder case in the Supreme Court surprised everyone by saying that he was a minor at the time of the incident. The murder case has been going on for the last four decades. The accused has appealed to the court to commute his sentence to a maximum of three years. The Supreme Court has asked the Additional Sessions Judge of Sitapur in UP to investigate the age of the accused and submit his report within two months.

    According to information, the matter is in Sitapur district of UP. The accused was tried in 1982 for rioting, rioting, murder and destruction of evidence. The case was registered in 1982 and in 1990 the trial court found him guilty. The accused later went to the High Court on April 5, 1951, from where the High Court also convicted him of 200 convictions. In 2012, the accused reached the Supreme Court against the decision of the High Court.

    In the Supreme Court, the petitioner claimed that he was a minor at the time of the incident and that he should be punished under the JJ Act. It is noteworthy that under the Juvenile Justice Act a juvenile is not kept in jail, but there is a provision to keep him in a correctional facility for a maximum of three years.

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    What does the UP government’s report say?
    The UP government also presented the report during the hearing in the Supreme Court. The petitioner claimed that on the basis of the school certificate, his birthday was February 12, 1965 and he was a minor at the time of the incident. At the same time, the report submitted by the UP government to the Supreme Court stated that the age of the applicant in the Aadhaar card was 1 January 5. It has also come to the notice of the Supreme Court that there is no date of birth in the school records given by the applicant.

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    Instructions to submit the report within two months
    Also, in the 1976 ledger, the age of the applicant is recorded as 14 years. Supreme Court Justice R. Subhash Reddy and Justice Sanjeev Khanna said it would be appropriate to seek a report from the concerned Sessions Judge in this case. The Supreme Court has asked the concerned Sessions Judge to check the age of the applicant and his age at the time of the incident and present it before the Supreme Court within two months.

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