JJB says SCPCR cannot ask it on judgement, SCPCR claims it has authority
In the case of a minor girl allegedly raped and forced to abort in a private school in Dehradun, State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) has asked for the files regarding the case from Dehradun Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), stating that they will be bringing the case to the notice of Uttarakhand high court. However, the Chairperson of Dehradun JJB, Bhavdeep Rabte said that no such letter was received by his office till Friday. He questioned the basis on which SCPCR has issued such letter, stating that the copy of that 90 pages verdict of the case has not been shared with anyone from his side.
Chairperson Rabte said, “There’s a difference between not accepting the letter and not receiving. Till Friday no such letter was received by my office. SCPCR have no authority to ask JJB anything regarding their judgement. Even if we receive any such letter, we will not be answering to that. Only the appellate court can ask us about our judgement, no other authority has the right to question our judgement of.”
He said, “According to the information I received from media, this letter is regarding the judgement. The most important point is that even the counsels of JJB have not received the copies of the judgement yet. Nobody has read the judgement, because we haven’t received the copies yet. It is a 90 pages judgement, rulings of High court and Supreme Court’s are referred in there.”
Regarding the verdict he said, “First of all there was no eye-witness of the incident. Though generally in such cases eye-witnesses are rarely there, but this incident happened in the school which was running at the time and was also preparing for Independence Day. There was no direct evidence, so we dealt it on the basis of circumstantial evidence. Then there was instability in the statements of the victim. She gave four different statements to Police, during recording of statements under section 164, then during the time of court evidence in JJB and in POCSO court. Basically, prosecution failed to prove the allegations in our court.”
He further added, “There are two aspects of this case, one is alleged rape on which we conducted trial and another is alleged termination of pregnancy, which is still under judicial procedure in POCSO court.”
SCPCR Chairperson Usha Negi said, “We have sent the letters on the basis of media reports. We have the right to ask for all the files, and they will have to provide it. We respect their court, but we have the right to monitor cases under POCSO Act, they cannot neglect that.”
It is pertinent to mention that SCPCR Chairperson, Usha Negi on June 5, sent a four pointer letter to the JJB, asking them for the related files regarding the alleged rape case of a minor in a private school at Bhauwala.
Sunday, 09 June 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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