Nayagarh: In a major twist in the much-talked-about murder of a minor girl of Jadupur village in Nayagarh district, the Special POCSO Court on Tuesday said the accused is a minor.
The minor accused has been arrested by the Crime Branch Special Investigation Team (SIT) as the prime accused in the case.
Talking to reporters, the accused’s counsel Prafulla Satpathy said to justify that his client is a minor, he had submitted Matric and birth certificate in POSCO court on Monday.
“The court while going through these certificates found that my client is a minor as his date of birth is February 6, 2003. Ruling that the age of the accused was 17 years, 5 months and 8 days on the day of occurrence of the crime, the court referred the case to the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB). Apart from this, the court rejected the plea of the Crime Branch SIT for the Narco test of the accused saying that the JJB will take a decision in this regard.
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Earlier in the day, the Crime Branch SIT had produced the accused in the Special POCSO Court and prayed for his Narco test.
The Crime Branch SIT led by IPS Officer Arun Bothra had arrested the accused on December 20.