Rahul Kumar Yadav vs State Of Bihar 2024 INSC 359 – Juvenility Plea

Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 ; Section 9(2) –The proviso to Section 9(2) of the JJ Act, 2015 clearly enumerates that plea of juvenility may be raised before any Court and it shall be recognised at any stage, even after final disposal of the case – Guidelines laying down the standards for evaluating the claim of juvenility raised for the first time before Supreme Court – Referred to Abuzar Hossain vs State of West Bengal (2012) 10 SCC 489- In this case, SC found that proper inquiry in accordance with the provisions of the JJ Act, 2000 or the JJ Act, 2015 was not carried out so to consider the prayer made by the appellant to be treated as juvenile on the date of the incident even though the plea was raised at the earliest opportunity- Plea of juvenility raised by the appellant could not have been thrown out without conducting proper inquiry- First Additional Sessions Judge, Darbhanga directed to conduct a thorough inquiry to determine the age/date of birth of the appellant in accordance with the procedure provided under the JJ Act, 2015 and the rules framed thereunder.

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