The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday asked the Gurugram Juvenile Justice Board to reconsider its decision to try a minor accused of murdering a seven-year-old schoolboy as an adult, The Times of India reported. The court, which was hearing a plea by the accused, set aside the board’s decision. The detailed order of the court in the matter is awaited, the Hindustan Times reported.
The seven-year-old boy was found with his throat slit in a toilet at his school in Gurugram on September 8, 2017. The accused, a 16-year-old student of the same school, was detained days after the incident.
According to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the accused killed the Class 2 student to get the school closed so that a parent-teacher meeting and an examination would be deferred.
In December 2017, the Juvenile Justice Board had ordered that the juvenile accused be tried as an adult. In July, the Supreme Court rejected the teenager’s bail plea.