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Police seeking legal opinion on Juvenile Board's ruling on sixth Delhi gangrape accused

Press Trust of India
Jan 29, 2013 at 09:15pm IST

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New Delhi: Delhi Police is seeking legal opinion on the ruling of the Juvenile Justice Board that the sixth accused in the Delhi gangrape case was a juvenile. A decision on whether to go in for an appeal is expected to be taken soon.

A day after the Juvenile Justice Board gave its ruling that could enable the sixth accused to walk free by June 4 in 2013 when he attains the age of 18 years, Delhi Police has sought the advice of the legal experts in this case on whether an appeal could be filed in the Delhi High Court. Highly-placed sources in the Delhi Police said a decision on whether to challenge the ruling is expected soon.

The sources said that there were other tests which could help in determining the age of the accused. The accused, who was described as the most brutal of the six accused in the police chargesheet, was declared 17 years and six months and 24 days-old (as of Tuesday) by the Juvenile Justice Board, which relied on his birth certificate and school documents produced before it.

Delhi gangrape: Police seeking legal opinion on juvenile ruling

Highly-placed sources in the Delhi Police said a decision on whether to challenge the ruling is expected soon.

They also said a supplementary chargesheet in the case is expected to be filed soon in the court and that the post-mortem report of the braveheart has come from the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore where she breathed her last. Soon after the ruling, the victim's family had on Monday demanded death penalty for the sixth accused in the incident.

They had they would challenge the "unfortunate" decision of the Juvenile Justice Board. "The punishment should not be less even if he is a juvenile," the 23-year-old paramedical student's father had said.

He said the punishment should be equal for all. "Each of them should get the same punishment of death sentence," he said. "The family would consult legal experts and challenge the matter in the relevant court," the girl's brother said.

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