SRINAGAR: The Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar on Thursday directed the principal of a private school to explain the ‘alteration’ in the date of birth of a student held by police on accusation of stone-throwing.
The accused has been booked in a stone-throwing incident but his defence counsel objected to his detention on the plea that he was a juvenile. Consequently, the CJM examined the admission record of Vasanta Public School on Thursday and found the date of birth record tampered with.
CJM had sought the verification of age to conclude an enquiry under Section 8 of Juvenile Justice Care and Protection Act and sought school records to ascertain his age.
In a previous hearing, the court sentenced the father of the accused to four months in prison after he failed to pay the surety amount of Rs 20,000 to seek his son’s release. The juvenile had forfeited the surety bond in 2016, following which police invoked a levy warrant against the father and issued an arrest warrant against the accused.
The juvenile has remained absent from hearings since 2013 while his father, Shabir Ahmad Dar, had executed a bond of Rs 20,000 for his bail after his son was arrested on charges of stone-throwing.
Police invoked Sections 148, 149, 152, and 336 of the Ranbir Penal Code in the FIR of the case registered at Police Station Mahraj Gunj in Srinagar. A charge sheet was filed in August 2013 when the accused was released on bail.