Based on the investigation report, a board headed by Judicial Magistrate ordered to treat the prime accused in the murder case of the seven-year-old student at Ryan International School as an adult. The board is headed by Devender Singh, the Judicial Magistrate 1st Class and he also said that the prime accused will be produced in sessions’ court for the trial.
The prime accused, who is a student of class XI at the same school, was 16.5 year of age when committed the crime. The board said that he will remain at correction home till he reaches the age of 21, after which he will be transferred to jail, where he may have to serve the sentence of 10-14 years imprisonment. While speaking on the issue, Sushil Tekriwal, the counsel for victim’s father said that according to the section 21 of the amended JJ Act, if a juvenile accused has been treated as an adult, then he or she will not be entitled to capital punishment like life imprisonment. In this case, he added that the court may sentence 10-14 years imprisonment to the convict.
The council also said that if convicted, the prime accused in this case will not be able to come out from the correction home after three years and as of now, he is entitled to face stringent punishment. He said that JJ Board’s order to treat the juvenile accused as an adult is historic and this will be the turning point in the case.
Seven-year-old Pradhyuman Thakur was found lying in a pool of blood with his throat slit inside the washroom of Ryan International School on September 8. A class XI student of the same school later admitted committing the crime.