Court: probe if suspect a minor when Adnan killed

Following a legal conflict whether Ayush Bhatt — an accused in the Adnan Patrawala murder case — was a minor during the time of offence...

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 27, 2009 11:30 pm

Following a legal conflict whether Ayush Bhatt — an accused in the Adnan Patrawala murder case — was a minor during the time of offence,a Sessions Court in Mumbai has asked for a medical inquiry to be conducted to examine the authenticity of a bone ossification test that stated that Bhatt could have been under 18 years.

The prosecution had furnished Bhatt’s school-leaving certificate,which said he was 19 in August 2007 when the murder was committed,to buttress the charges. However,Bhatt claimed that he was a minor then and his case should be tried by a juvenile court. The ossification report,though it did not give a clear age,was in favour of Bhatt as it inconclusively stated that Bhatt could be anywhere between 17-19 years when the murder took place.

A group of four youngsters — Sujit Nair,Rajeev Dharaiya,Amit Kaushal and Ayush Bhat — had allegedly kidnapped and killed Adnan Patrawala,the 16-year-old son of an Andheri businessman,in August 2007. Adnan,a college student,had gone missing on August 18,when he had taken his father’s car,a Skoda,and left for an undisclosed location after receiving a call from a friend. The father had later received a call demanding a ransom of Rs 2 crore,failing which the caller threatened to kill Adnan. Adnan’s body was found abandoned in the car on Palm Beach Road the next day.

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