Patna, Jan. 9: Lawyers and litigants present in the Patna City civil court were stunned today when a four-year-old girl walked in and it was revealed that she has been accused of assault, attempt to murder and robbery.
"How can such a small child commit such serious offences?" asked a flabbergasted lawyer present in the court.
Indradeo Prasad, 55, a resident of Kumhrar in Patna City, had lodged a complaint case in the sub-divisional court on March 17 last year, alleging that Hriday Kumar Gupta, a businessman, Gupta's brother Chandan Kumar Gupta and seven others barged into his house, hurled abuses, assaulted him and his wife and took away Rs 45,000 cash and 80gm of jewellery.
The child was named among the seven others. The complaint was filed under sections 323 (assault), 504 (hurling abuses), 379 (theft and loot) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC.
Indradeo claimed that he moved the court as the Agamkuan police refused to entertain his complaint.
The court took cognisance against the nine accused, including the child, on August 4 last year and issued summons.
The girl's father accompanied her today to the court of Patna City civil court additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) Sushant Ranjan, seeking bail.
The girl's legal counsel, A.S. Raju, told the court that her client had been falsely implicated in the case and pleaded that she be given bail and her name be deleted from the list of the accused as she was only three years old at the time of the alleged incident.
Raju produced the girl's municipal corporation birth certificate, according to which she was born on November 20, 2012.
Raju clarified that the girl surrendered in the court today as the court had issued summons against her.
After hearing the girl's counsel out, ACJM Ranjan sought a police verification report. "Wait till the police verification report is received by the court," Raju quoted the ACJM as saying.
The court directed Raju to provide a copy of the child's bail petition to Indradeo's counsel Deepak Kumar, and also declined to listen to the plea of the girl's 70-year-old grandmother, and sent the child home.
"The court should have detected the mistake at the time of cognisance itself," said another lawyer, who requested anonymity.