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Gurgaon school murder: Court to frame charges against juvenile accused on Feb 28

Arguments on four pending petitions filed by the accused’s counsel will be taken up during the next court hearing at 2 pm on February 17.

gurgaon Updated: Feb 12, 2018 17:27 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
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CBI officials produce the accused in the murder case before the Juvenile Justice Board. (Parveen Kumar/ HT File)

The Gurgaon special children’s court has set February 28 as the date for framing charges against a 16-year-old juvenile who allegedly murdered a Class 2 student at a private school in Gurgaon last September.

The accused’s father was given a copy of the charge sheet, comprising 1,706 pages in 29 volumes, on Monday. The court is yet to take cognizance of the charges filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials on technical grounds.

The juvenile was remanded in an observation home at Faridabad on November 11, four days after the CBI arrested him for allegedly murdering the seven-year-old in the school washroom. The court has extended his custody until February 28.

The accused’s father objected to the copy of the charge sheet provided to him on the grounds that it was incomplete. “The CBI has provided me with copies of all the documents, with the exception of witness statements and CCTV footage. They cannot frame my son merely on the basis of statements by school students and CCTV footage of my son moving towards the school washroom,” he said.

The court recorded his objection, and provided the authorities concerned with additional time to ascertain if anything was yet to be filed. It then posted the next hearing for 2 pm on February 17, when arguments on four pending petitions filed by the accused’s counsel will be taken up. These include the preliminary assessment report and CBI remand for the juvenile.

“The substantive direction of the court today, setting forth the case for framing of charges on February 28, indicates that the case will be fast-tracked and the trial will be concluded expeditiously,” said Sushil Terkiwal, the victim’s counsel.

The juvenile is accused of murdering the boy to defer an approaching examination and a parent-teacher meeting on September 8 last year.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 17:26 IST