The Hush Post: In a major path-breaking decision, the Juvenile Justice Board looking into the gory Pradyuman murder case that happened in an elite Gurugram school, has said the accused, a XI standard student of Ryan International School, would be considered an adult.
The Board has asked the police to produce him in the sessions court, Gurugram, on December 24. Had he been considered a juvenile, if he would have been proved guilty, he would have spent a maximum of three years in a reform home. Now that he will be tried as an adult, the punishment could range from death to life imprisonment if proven guilty.
Father of the deceased, Varun Thakur, had filed an application before the Juvenile Justice Board demanding that the accused be tried as an adult. The murder had been termed heinous, barbarous, diabolical, cold blooded and rarest in nature in the application filed by the deceased child’s father.
The accused although being less than 18 years old but being more then 16 years old (a juvenile in conflict with the law) can be tried as an adult as per the mandate, warrant and spirit of the amendment carried in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015 with effect from 15.1. 2016.
The accused, a Class XI student, was arrested on November 8 after a breakthrough investigation by CBI. He had alleged that the CBI officials tortured him and forced him to admit that he killed the 7-year-old boy.