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Judgment against juvenile accused deferred till 25 July

The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Thursday deferred till 25 July judgment on the role of the minor accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a paramedical student in capital in December, 2012. Principal magistrate Geetanjali Goel reserved the decision in the gang rape case after counsel for the accused and the prosecution submitted their clarifications.

JJB is trying the case of the minor, while the four adult accused Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur are being tried by a special fast track court. Proceedings against key accused Ram Singh abated after his death on 11 March, after he was found hanging in his cell in Tihar Jail.

During the inquiry, the juvenile had denied all charges against him, claiming he was not a participant in the horrendous crime. Police in its charge sheet had dubbed the juvenile accused as the most brutal of all the six accused persons in the case.

Parents of the gang rape victim, present outside the JJB, told media representatives that they sought death penalty for the juvenile accused.  A police official said that the counsel for the juvenile accused claimed that his client was innocent as he was not present in the bus that night.
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