A seventeen-and-half-year-old juvenile was transferred from Mysore prison to Juvenile Home by the Justice Board (JJB) yesterday after his juvenility was proved in the court of IV Additional Civil Judge of Mysore city.

The juvenile was arrested by the City Crime Branch on charges of chain-snatching under Section 392 of IPC along with other two, including another juvenile. His age was recorded as 19 years in the FIR based on which the court ordered his judicial custody in Mysore prison along with his other two friends.

Perusing the affidavit on age submitted by his lawyer H. C. Prashant, the court ordered the juvenile’s transfer to the Home with immediate effect as the court is not empowered to try juveniles. The juvenile has undergone imprisonment for one month.

Another juvenile, who was found below 18 years, was transferred to the Home one month ago. Knowing this, the family members made attempt to produce age certificate to court through their lawyer. Born in November 1995, he will attain 18 years in next November. The family members’ efforts went in vain as the Corporation employees were busy with elections. As a result, the juvenile had to spend one month in the prison.

The juvenile, a school dropout hailing from Shantinagar here, was produced before JJB member P. P. Baburaj by CCB Police and Special Juvenile Police Unit. Reviewing the documents, Baburaj ordered detention of the juvenile in Govt. Observation Home till the next hearing. This is the second case in a span of one month, according to a press release from M.K. Kumaraswamy, Superintendent, Observation Home [Mob: 98864-87054].

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore