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    39-year-old convicted in murder case – ‘I was a minor’, SC says – to be investigated


    New Delhi. One of the accused in the murder case was tried and convicted four decades ago. Defendant claims he was born in 1965 and was a minor at the time of the incident. He should be given the benefit of juvenile justice law. The apex court has asked the Additional Sessions Judge of Sitapur, UP, to investigate the age of the accused and submit a report to the apex court within two months.

    Let us tell you that this case is from Sitapur district of UP. The petitioner accused was tried in Sessions Court in 1982 for rioting, rioting, murder and destruction of evidence. The case was registered in 1982. The trial court order came in 1990. The accused later went to the High Court on 5 April 1991. The High Court order came in 2008, then in 2012 the accused reached the Supreme Court. Now in September, the Supreme Court has issued a new order.

    The trial court found the accused guilty in the case. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court also upheld the lower court’s decision.

    The accused has been claimed by the Supreme Court
    In the Supreme Court, the petitioner claimed that he was a minor at the time of the incident and should have benefited from his JJ law. 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.

    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.

    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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