Delhi HC blast: JJB awards 3 years term at special home to minor

JJB sentenced the lone minor convict in the September 2011 Delhi High Court blast case, in which 15 people were killed and 79 others were injured, to a three-year term at a special home.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 09, 2014, 23:35 PM IST

New Delhi: The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Wednesday sentenced the lone minor convict in the September 2011 Delhi High Court blast case, in which 15 people were killed and 79 others were injured, to a three-year term at a special home here.

The board, presided over by Principal Magistrate Vishal Singh, sent the delinquent juvenile to the special home for three years, the maximum punishment that can be awarded under the Juvenile Justice Act.

The time already spent by the juvenile in custody during the inquiry (trial) would be considered as the period already served and would be deducted from awarded term.
The JJB, on July 7, had convicted the juvenile under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Explosive Substance Act and under the relevant provisions of the IPC for his role in the September 7, 2011 terror attack at one of the gates of the Delhi High Court here.

It also held him guilty under the IPC for offences such as "waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the Government of India, collecting arms with the intention of waging war, criminal conspiracy, mischief committed after preparation made for causing death or hurt, murder, attempt to murder, causing hurt and voluntarily causing grievous hurt."

A separate trial against adult accused Wasim Akram Malik in the case is being conducted by a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here.
After registration of the FIR, the probe in the case was transferred from Delhi police to NIA.

NIA, during the probe, had allegedly unearthed the conspiracy behind the blast and charge sheeted the accused.

The 17-year-old minor, who has now turned 20, is accused of sending an e-mail that claimed responsibility for the blast and also threatened to cause more bomb blasts at other courts, including the Supreme Court of India, if Afzal Guru (the prime accused of Parliament attack) was hanged.

The email was sent by the juvenile from Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir," NIA had told the JJB.