Court dismisses plea seeking harsher punishment for juvenile

New Delhi: A Delhi court has refused to award harsher punishment to a minor convicted for attempting to murder but set free by the Juvenile Justice Board, which had asked his parents to pay Rs 60,000 to the victim as penalty.

The court noted that the boy, who belongs to a poor family, was not involved in any previous crime and was well rehabilitated in society.

"Keeping in view the facts of the poverty of the juvenile and nature of his job, I am of the opinion that order of Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) does not call for any interference," additional sessions judge Gurdeep Singh said.

Mohd Israr, a resident of northeast Delhi, had moved the sessions court against the October 2010 order of JJB which had convicted the 14-year-old boy.

The boy, however, was released as he had already remained in the observation home for three months beyond which he could not be kept there.

The JJB had imposed a fine of Rs 60,000 on the boy`s parents to pay the victim.

Besides the fine, the victim had sought harsher punishment alleging that the boy was still threatening him.

He submitted that the social investigation report concerning the juvenile was liable to be set aside as incorrect facts were narrated particularly about the compensation which has not been deposited in the court.

On the allegation that the juvenile was still threatening him, the court noted the findings in the report that he was not involved in any other case and well rehabilitated in the society.

The boy was working in an undergarments factory and earning Rs 1,100 per week, it said.

"The social investigating report is prepared on the basis of facts gathered from the locality. The report in respect of juvenile is very detailed one and I do not find any reason to disbelieve the same," the judge said.