New Delhi: The Juvenile Justice Board on Thursday reserved its verdict till July 25 on the 17-year-old minor accused in the Delhi bus gang-rape and murder case of December 16 last year, even though a judgement has come in a sealed cover in one of the two FIRs filed against the suspect.
"Judgement has come in one FIR but it is in sealed copy. It is not to be disclosed to media now. The other order is reserved till July 25," said a lawyer in the sensational case which triggered a nationwide outcry against violence on women.
The media was not allowed in the in camera hearing of the case.
If found guilty, the accused will face a maximum sentence of three years, including his custody period, as per laws.
He turned 18 in June. The family of the accused was present in the juvenile court along with the 17-year-old.
Pertinently, it will be the first verdict in the case.
On July 5, the trial of the sixth accused in the Delhi gangrape case had concluded before the Juvenile Justice Board.
The Juvenile Justice Board had reserved its order till July 11.
Four other accused in the case are being tried before a fast track court.
Another accused Ram Singh committed suicide by hanging himself in Delhi's Tihar Jail earlier this year.
On Dec 16, six people gangraped and brutalised the 23-year-old Delhi Braveheart or Nirbhaya with an iron rod on a moving bus in New Delhi. The victim succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital on Dec 29.
The incident triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of crime against women in India with people pouring into the streets of New Delhi for days and demanding a change of law and strict punishment of the accused.