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Private school murder case: Gurgaon court adjourns hearing to Feb 17

The probe agency is likely to file the chargesheet on Saturday in the court as the 90-day period for filing the chargesheet will be over on February 4.

gurgaon Updated: Feb 02, 2018 22:32 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
Gurgaon’s Bhondsi,CBI,Private school murder case
The 16-year-old juvenile accused was remanded in the shelter home in Faridabad on November 11.(HT File)

The Gurgaon special children’s court on Friday adjourned the hearing in the private school murder case to February 17 after the CBI prosecutor and victim’s counsel were both absent owing to a sudden death in their immediate families.

The 16-year-old juvenile accused was remanded in the shelter home in Faridabad on November 11, four days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested him, for allegedly murdering a class 2 student of a private school in Gurgaon’s Bhondsi area last September.

The additional district and session judge J S Kundu had earlier kept the hearing for February 8, but the investigating officer of the CBI requested that he change the date as the officer had to travel out of the city.

Hence, the date was adjourned to February 17.

The family members of the deceased child along with the CBI officials went to the school to collect his belongings as the new session will begin after the exams and the mother felt that her child’s belongings will be misplaced.

The probe agency is likely to file the chargesheet on Saturday in the court as the 90-day period for filing the chargesheet will be over on February 4.

If the chargesheet is delayed, the counsel for the juvenile accused can move for bail.

The juvenile was apprehended on November 8, said Sandeep Aneja, counsel for the juvenile.

The juvenile’s custody was extended till February 12, it was originally extended till February 13, but was reduced by a day on the request of the counsel of the accused who pointed out that Tuesday and Friday are the meeting days with the family members at the observation home.

The parents would not be able to meet the juvenile if the judicial custody ended on Tuesday or Friday as the central probe agency will then have to produce the accused before the court.

Arguments will be heard on four pending petitions filed by the counsel of the accused.

These include the preliminary assessment report and remand of the juvenile granted to the CBI officials.

Father of the deceased child said, “The case is moving in the right direction and I am awaiting justice. I am hopeful that the accused will get his punishment for his actions.”

On January 8, the special children’s court rejected the bail application of the accused.

His counsel had earlier moved an application under Section 10(5) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Model Rules-2016 seeking his release on bail.

First Published: Feb 02, 2018 22:32 IST