New Delhi, October 21
The Supreme Court on Thursday granted interim bail to a man who was barely 16 years old when he allegedly killed a seven-year-old boy in a private school in Gurugram, three days after a Juvenile Justice Board ruled he would be tried in the case as an adult.
The incident that sent shockwaves across the national capital region had happened in 2017. A Bench of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and JK Maheshwari said the continued detention of the accused until completion of the trial may have adverse effects on him.
Accordingly, the prayer for interim relief is granted and until further orders of this court, that is by way of interim measure, the petitioner appellant be released on bail on conditions as may be imposed by the Gurugram Sessions Judge.
“It is, however, specifically provided that the petitioner appellant shall continuously remain under supervision of a probation officer or any other person appointed by the Sessions Judge. It is also made clear that the petitioner and his parents would be expected not to create hindrance in the trial of the case and for that matter will not try to contact or communicate with any of the witnesses…,” the Bench said. The Bench said if there was any shortcoming in the conduct of the petitioner, the probation officer shall be free to report it to the Sessions Judge, who shall forward the information to the apex court.