Ad­di­tional Ses­sions Judge fines ac­cused for “wast­ing court’s time”

Millennium Post - - FRONT PAGE - PIYUSH OHRIE

GURUGRAM: In a ma­jor blow to ju­ve­nile boy who has been ac­cused of mur­der­ing seven-year-old Pradyu­man Thakur in Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, a ses­sions court here on Mon­day de­nied bail to the 16-year-old.

Ad­di­tional Ses­sions Judge Jas­bir Singh Kundu de­clined relief to the ac­cused and im­posed a cost of Rs 21,000 for “wast­ing court's time” in base­less lit­i­ga­tion and di­rected the fa­ther of the ac­cused to de­posit the amount.

“The con­duct of the ap­pel­lant (ac­cused) in­di­cates that he is tak­ing court pro­ceed­ings for a joy ride. He has in­dulged in wast­ing pre­cious court time in base­less lit­i­ga­tion on ac­count of which seven court hear­ings have gone down the drain.

“This court finds no ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, il­le­gal­i­ties or im­pro­pri­ety in the im­punged order dated De­cem­ber 15, 2017 passed by JJB, dis­miss­ing de­fault bail ap­pli­ca­tion,” the court said.

It also di­rected in-cham­ber pro­ceed­ing in the matter and or­dered the me­dia not to use the ju­ve­nile's name in any of the re­ports.

There will now be the in­cam­era trial of the pro­ceed­ings, which will be­gin on Jan­uary 22.

The Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Board (JJB) had, ear­lier too de­nied bail to the Class XI stu­dent.

On De­cem­ber 20 last year, the JJB had pro­nounced that the boy would be tried as an adult. The ju­ve­nile's fam­ily still has the op­tion of chal­leng­ing the order in Pun­jab and Haryana High Court.

Ex­press­ing sat­is­fac­tion over the ver­dict, Barun Thakur fa­ther of Pradyu­man said, “I am happy with the judge­ment. I now hope that law will take its course and jus­tice will be de­liv­ered in the case.”

On De­cem­ber 20 last year, the JJB had or­dered that the 16-year-old boy would be tried as adult.

Prad­hu­man was found with his throat slit in the wash­room of Ryan In­ter­na­tional School in Bhondsi on Septem­ber 8, 2017.

File photo of the 16-year-old ac­cused in the Ryan mur­der case

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