Panaji: A Goa court on Wednesday postponed its
verdict in the sensational Russian minor girl rape case after
the accused claimed he was a minor.
Goa Children`s Court was supposed to give final order in
the case this afternoon when lawyer representing accused Aman
Bharadwaj said that his client was a minor and could not be
tried in this court.
The court immediately postponed the case till June 4
awaiting documents to prove his exact age.
B P Deshpande, president, Goa Children`s Court, asked the
prosecution to produce birth certificate or conduct
ossification test on the accused to ascertain his exact age.
Aman, hailing from Uttar Pradesh, along with his
accomplice Anil Raghuvanshi was charged with sexually
assaulting a Russian minor girl at Arambol beach on January 26
under Goa Children`s Act.
The court today ruled that the inquiry be conducted under
Section 7A of Juvenile Justice (care and protection) Act
Aman during recording of the statement had claimed his
age as 20. Anil has turned a state approver in this case.
A Russian woman, who was holidaying in the state, had
complained that Aman had sexually abused her minor daughter
while she was bathing on Arambol beach.
The medical test conducted on the girl had confirmed her
Aman, who went missing after the incident, was arrested
at Chembur by team of Goa police.
The court has examined 16 witnesses in the case.