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[POCSO case] Consent by minor has no value in the eyes of law: Bombay High Court

The accused-appellant, Peer Mohammad, had been arrested for offences punishable under the Indian Penal Code, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (the POCSO Act), and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for raping a minor girl.

After his regular bail application was rejected by the Additional Sessions Judge, the appellant approached the High Court.

His counsel, advocate Mir Nagman Ali, contended that further imprisonment of the appellant was unnecessary as the investigating officer had completed the investigation and filed chargesheet.

He submitted that the appellant and survivor had a love affair and that she had willingly eloped with him and spent about 45 days at his residence in Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh.

Source: Barandbench

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