JJB rejects bail application of accused in Srinagar acid attack case

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SRINAGAR — A bail application for a Child in Conflict with Law (CICL) accused in the Srinagar acid attack case was rejected by Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) Srinagar on Wednesday.

Sources told news agency Kashmir Dot Com (KDC) that the JJB Srinagar, after hearing defence counsel and additional public prosecutor Zafar Iqbal Shaheen, said that it would defeat the ends of justice by granting bail to the accused at this time in FIR No. 08/2022 U/S 326-A of IPC that was registered in Police Station Nowhatta.

The Board said that they have rejected the bail after taking into consideration a wide array of things including the gravity of the charge, the circumstances in which the offence was alleged to be committed, its impact on society and the victim’s family etc.

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“The release of the accused at this juncture of CICL on bail will not serve the ends of justice. Rather, his placement at Observation Home, Harwan, Srinagar is in his best interest at this juncture as he has shown signs of reformation which shall continue for the time being,” JJB said.

The juvenile accused is 17-years-old in this case and was riding pillion on a Scooty when the main accused, as per police, threw acid on the face of a woman in Downtown Srinagar.

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A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Srinagar Police headed by SP North Raja Zuhaib had submitted a 1,000-page charge sheet against all the accused in the case.

The victim, whose identity is not to be disclosed as per court order, was attacked in Eidgah area of Srinagar by two people on February 1, including a juvenile, who wanted to “teach her a lesson and take revenge” on her for spurning a marriage proposal.

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