Court seeks birth certificate for accused ‘juvenile’ from school records

Srinagar: A trial court in Srinagar on Wednesday directed the defence counsel of a juvenile to procure the birth certificate of his client allegedly involved in DySP lynching and submit it before court in the next hearing.
The date of birth certificate of the juvenile, which was submitted before court on Tuesday, was found suspicious by the court which observed that the certificate should be procured from school records.
Meanwhile, the date of birth certificate of three other juveniles submitted in the court were taken on record.
Chief judicial magistrate Srinagar heard the prosecution and defence counsels in the case of lynching of the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Muhammad Ayub Pandit, on 22nd June.
In a previous hearing, prosecution had requested that a fresh inquiry should be started into the claims of the four accused whose counsel stated were juveniles. Defence counsel, Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, had said that the court had deemed them as juveniles under Section 13 of J&K Juvenile Justice Care and Protection Act, 2013, when they were granted bail and therefore no further inquiry was needed.
“The record available reveals that they have been admitted as juveniles,” Dar had told the court while referring to earlier orders of the CJM and the 4th Additional Principal District and Sessions Court, Srinagar.
On 15th September the court of 4th additional sessions judge Srinagar Kamlesh Pandit had granted bail to two juveniles after setting aside chief judicial magistrate’s order dismissing the bail application.
Meanwhile an argument was heard on framing of charges against 17 persons booked for offences under section 302 and other offences in the 4th additional session’s court. The next hearing will take place on November 30. The prosecution has listed 84 witnesses.