19 years in jail despite being juvenile: SC orders release of man in rape, murder case

Updated: Aug 13 2022 3:17PM

New Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI) The Supreme Court has ordered release of a man convicted for rape and murder of a minor girl noting he has been in jail for almost 19 years despite being declared a juvenile.

A bench of justices Indira Banerjee and V Ramasubramanian said a juvenile cannot be detained in custody beyond three years according to the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, in force at the material time when the incident took place.

"The petitioner has admittedly been under incarceration in jail for about 18 years and 9 months. This is not in dispute.