While agreeing to hear a plea filed by Dr Swamy to define 'juvenile', the apex court said the Juvenile Justice Board could pronounce the verdict in the Delhi gang rape case
The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) to deliver its verdict in the 16th December Delhi gang rape-cum-murder case involving a minor.
The apex court, however, admitted a plea by Dr Subramanian Swamy seeking a fresh interpretation of the term ‘juvenile’ in the statute on the basis of the mental and intellectual maturity of minor offenders instead of the age limit of 18 years while fixing their culpability.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam agreed to hear the plea but said the JJB can go ahead with pronouncing the verdict in the case.
The bench also issued notice to the Centre on Dr Swamy’s plea.
Earlier, the SC had said the JJB be informed not to pronounce its verdict involving the juvenile, who was one of six persons who had allegedly brutally raped a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus here, till it decides the PIL. The girl died in a Singapore hospital on 29 December 2012.
On 19th August, the Board, presided...