Kathua Gangrape Accused To Be Tried As An Grownup: Supreme Court docket


The minor lady was kidnapped on January 10, 2018 and was raped in captivity in a temple.

New Delhi:

The docket on Wednesday held that one of many accused within the sensational gangrape and homicide case of an eight-year-old nomadic lady in Kathua was not a juvenile on the time of the offence and now could be tried afresh as an grownup.

The highest courtroom additionally held that medical opinion relating to the age of an accused can’t be “brushed apart” within the absence of statutory proof on the identical challenge.

“Medical opinion relating to age in absence of another conclusive proof ought to be thought-about to find out the age vary of the accused…Whether or not medical proof could be relied upon or not will depend on the worth of proof,” a bench of justices Ajay Rastogi and J B Pardiwala stated.

It put aside the orders of the Chief Judicial Justice of the Peace at Kathua and the excessive courtroom which had held that the accused Shubam Sangra was a juvenile and therefore to be tried individually.

“We put aside the judgements of the CJM Kathua and the excessive courtroom and maintain that the accused was not a juvenile on the time of fee of offence,” Justice Pardiwala stated whereas announcing the decision.

The minor lady was kidnapped on January 10, 2018 and was raped in captivity in a small village temple after protecting her sedated for 4 days. She was later bludgeoned to loss of life.

The highest courtroom, on February 7, 2020, had stayed the proceedings earlier than the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) towards Sangra.

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It had stayed the proceedings after the Jammu and Kashmir administration claimed that the Jammu and Kashmir Excessive Court docket had erroneously affirmed the order of a trial courtroom holding him as juvenile on the time of the offence in 2018..

Senior advocate P S Patwalia, showing for the J-Okay administration, had stated the excessive courtroom had on October 11, 2019, wrongly affirmed the trial courtroom order of March 27, 2018, with out appreciating that the date of start recorded within the municipal and faculty data are contradictory to one another.

He had stated that regardless of the discover to the ‘minor’ accused issued by the highest courtroom on January 6, 2020 on the administration’s enchantment, the JJB has continued its proceedings towards the accused, treating him as a juvenile.

Mr Patwalia had contended that the accused, then handled as juvenile, was one of many fundamental conspirators of the complete incident and kidnapped, gang-raped and murdered the sufferer.

The union administration (UT) had stated the medical board constituted by the excessive courtroom by its order of February 21, 2018 had opined that the accused was aged between 19 and 23 years on the time of offence.

The JJB had in 2019 framed fees towards the ‘minor’ and continued with the proceedings of examination of prosecution witnesses.

The highest courtroom on Might 7, 2018 had transferred the trial of the case from Kathua in Jammu to Pathankot in Punjab and ordered for day-to-day trial after some attorneys prevented the Crime Department officers from submitting a cost sheet within the sensational case.

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The particular courtroom on June 10, 2019 sentenced three males to life imprisonment until final breath for the ghastly crime that shook the nation.

Sanji Ram, the mastermind and caretaker of the ‘devasthanam’ (temple) the place the crime came about in January, 2018; Deepak Khajuria, a Particular Police Officer, and Parvesh Kumar, a civilian — the three fundamental accused –were spared loss of life penalty, a punishment sought by the prosecution in the course of the year-long in-camera trial within the courtroom.

The three given life time period have been convicted beneath Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) sections referring to legal conspiracy, homicide, kidnapping, gang rape, destruction of proof, drugging the sufferer and customary intention.

The opposite three accused — Sub Inspector Anand Dutta, Head Constable Tilak Raj and particular police officer Surender Verma — have been convicted for destruction of proof to cowl up the crime and handed down 5 years in jail and Rs 50,000 advantageous every.

The trial courtroom had acquitted the seventh accused Vishal Jangotra, son of Sanji Ram, giving him the ‘advantage of doubt’.

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