Nayagarh: The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) here today transferred the minor girl’s murder case to the Nayagarh Children’s Court. The decision was taken as the accused belongs to the age group of 16-18 years. The next hearing of the case will be held at the Children’s Court, the minor accused’s lawyer Chandra Bijayi Mishra said.
“The child’s preliminary analysis was conducted and a social background report was verified. On this basis, the JJ Board transferred the case to Children’s Court,” Mishra said. The case involving the Child in Conflict with Law (CCL) will be tried in the Children’s Court and the next date will set by the Children’s Court,” Mishra added.
If a minor between 16 and 18 has committed a heinous crime, the JJB sends such cases for a preliminary assessment by a panel of psychologists, said Public Prosecutor Bishnu Prasad Mohapatra. “If the panel concludes that the child has capacity to commit crime and understand the consequences of the alleged offence, the board can transfer the case to children’s court,” he added.
This is a major victory for the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing into the case, said an SIT official. “On being held guilty, the children’s court can sentence the accused to a ‘place of safety’ till he turns 21 and he will serve the remainder of his term in an adult prison,” a senior police official said.