The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Wednesday extended the interim bail of the Class 7 girl, suspected of stabbing Class I boy Hrithik Sharma of Brightland College, till February 7,Hindustan Times reports.
The victim’s counsel appealed for medical examination to determine the suspect’s age, but it was opposed by the defence counsel.
The girl’s counsel opposed the age determination test saying that school certificates were the first thing to ascertain the suspect’s age, as per juvenile justice norms, said a source in the JJB office. He said the board had asked the defence counsel to present the objection in written.
The victim’s counsel was likely to file the appeal before the board for age determination test of the girl, if the girl’s counsel failed to file the objection over it, added the source.
Advocate Rohit Kant Srivastava, an expert of juvenile justice, said educational certificate was the basic thing to ascertain the suspect’s age until it was proved forged or there was no way out to ascertain the exact age. As per the girl’s certificate procured from the school, she would turn 12 in March this year.
The police plan to bring the victim and the girl face to face to ascertain the truth behind the incident after primary reports from the State Forensic Science Laboratory (SFSL) suggested that the kitchen knife allegedly used to stab the boy was tampered. Deputy director of SFSL, Lucknow, G Khan had said the knife reportedly used in the incident had his blood stains, but was rubbed on the ground with the intent of tampering it.
The girl was accused of stabbing the Class I boy of the same school on January 16, after allegedly taking him to the toilet on the second floor of the school building. Police recovered the kitchen knife from the school premises and presented it as the main evidence against the suspect.
Earlier, school principal, Rachit Manas was arrested for negligence and concealment of crime after chief minister Yogi Adityanath visited the King George’s Medical University’s Trauma Centre to take stock of the medical facilities being provided to the victim.
However, the principal was later granted bail by the court. Hrithik was stabbed on January 16, but the incident was reported by school authorities only after photographs of the injured boy became viral on social media.