Juvenile Accused’s Identity: Court Summons Lucknow Police Commissioner & 8 Other Cops

The Lucknow special court has recently directed the Lucknow police commissioner and 8 other police personnel to appear before the court for allegedly making public the identity of a juvenile apprehended in connection with a case of fraud.

The court fixed April 4 for the appearance of these police personnel.

Judge Vijendra Tripathi passed the order on Tuesday on a complaint filed by Sunil Kumar, who is ‘Peshkar’ (reader) of the Juvenile Justice Board.

Kumar filed the complaint on the instructions of the board as it had been apprised that the police personnel had willingly disclosed the identity of the juvenile on the Facebook wall of the Lucknow police commissioner.

Furthermore, it was apprised to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court that the accused was held by the police in a fraud case was produced in the court which referred the matter to the Juvenile Justice Board after learning that he was a juvenile.

Kumar said in the court that despite the accused is a juvenile, his identity was disclosed on the Facebook wall of the Lucknow police commissioner on February 7 & 8, based on which several newspapers and news channels broadcast the news.

The court was therefore informed that the act of the police was “totally illegal” and against the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act.

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