Nirbhaya gang-rape case: Centre seeks extension of juvenile convict's detention

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has reserved its order on Subramanian Swamy's plea against the juvenile's release after hearing the Centre's submission.

Nirbhaya gang-rape case: Centre seeks extension of juvenile convict's detention

New Delhi: The Central government on Monday sought the extention of observation home stay of the juvenile convict in December 16 gangrape case.

While urging the Delhi High Court to extend the convict's detention, the centre said that several mandatory requirements are missing from the post-release rehabilitation plan of the juvenile convict.

Meanwhile, the court has reserved its order on Subramanian Swamy's plea against the juvenile's release after hearing the Centre's submission, PTI reported.

The next hearing in the case is on Dec 20.

The case pertains to a brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16, 2012.

Six persons, including the juvenile, had brutally assaulted the victim, who died a few days later in a hospital.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court had issued notice to Centre in response to a petition from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy.

The court had asked Centre to file its reply in a sealed envelope about Swamy's plea that the juvenile convict in the Nirbhaya gangrape case should not be released.

Swamy had said that the juvenile is an animal and should be denied freedom.

In his petition, citing IB reports, Swamy also claimed that the juvenile has been radicalised and could be a threat to the society.

"The juvenile convict should be kept with wild animals for committing such heinous crime. It is dangerous to free such people. There are certain flaws in our law. The juvenile laws are applicable only for people committing crimes like stealing food or bicycle but this law is not applicable for such kind of heinous crimes," said Swamy.

"According to the report of Indian Intelligence bureau, the juvenile accuse has turned into a jihadi. So, the court should interfere and make certain provisions in the law regarding this. The government should move court and seek to arrest the juvenile accused under National Security Act. I am going to court and the court will decide what needs to be done. Let us see how the court case goes," he added.

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