Delhi gangrape case: HC seeks rehabilitations status of juvenile convict

The convict is due to be released from a juvenile home on 15 December after completing three years in custody

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday issued notice to the centre on a plea seeking a stay on the release of the juvenile convict in the 16 December 2012 gangrape case in New Delhi.

In a public interest litigation (PIL), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician Subramanian Swamy asked the court for a directive that the juvenile not be released till the government can hold out the assurance that “he is reformed and will not be a menace to the society".

A bench comprising chief justice G. Rohini and justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked the home ministry, law ministry and the Juvenile Justice Board to inform the court about the rehabilitation status of the juvenile convict. The convict is due to be released from a juvenile home on 15 December after completing three years in custody.

Under the rules of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, a management committee will have to look into the rehabilitation and reformation of the juvenile before his release.

The minor was one of six people convicted of raping and fatally assaulting a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a moving bus in Delhi. The incident triggered nationwide outrage. Additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain, appearing on behalf of the government, said he had in his possession reports of the intelligence bureau on the juvenile. The court asked him to present it in a sealed envelope and said that its contents would be examined on 14 December when the case will be heard once again.

The court asked Jain to seek specific instructions on whether a management committee exists to look into the juvenile’s reformation and if it does, to detail the steps taken by the panel.

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