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Thursday, 3 September 2020

Supreme Court rejects bail plea in Gurugram school murder case

New Delhi, September 2

The Supreme Court on Wednesday junked the bail plea of a boy accused of killing a seven-year-old boy at a private school in Gurugram.

A three-judge Bench headed by Justice RF Nariman dismissed the plea challenging the Punjab and Haryana High Court order. "We have heard the counsels for all parties exhaustively, including the learned counsel appearing on behalf of the complainant. Since the petitioner is now being tried for the purposes of bail only as an adult, we see no reason to interfere with the impugned judgment of the HC at this stage. Accordingly, the special leave petition is dismissed," said the Bench comprising Justice Navin Sinha and Justice Indira Banerjee.

The CBI opposed the bail plea saying the accused did not deserve leniency and the Juvenile Justice Act could not be used as a ploy to dupe the course of justice. The accused had argued before the top court that the high court had erroneously observed that "there is a possibility of tampering with witnesses in the case". He said due to Covid, there was less possibility of trial to commence in near future.

Advocate Sushil Tekriwal, appearing for the victim's father, had also opposed the bail plea saying the accused being a serious threat, if enlarged on bail, there was the likelihood of tampering with the evidence. The Punjab and Haryana High Court in June had dismissed the bail plea filed by the boy. The CBI, in a chargesheet, had said the teenager had murdered the seven-year-old student on September 8, 2017, in a bid to get the exams postponed and a scheduled parent-teacher meeting cancelled. The victim's body, with the throat slit, was found in the washroom of a Gurugram school. — PTI

from The Tribune

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