The Madras High Court has quashed part of the proceedings of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), Chennai, in the case relating to the murder of a schoolteacher by a student here in February.

While quashing the proceedings that took place from May 17 to 31, the court directed the State government to appoint a qualified judicial magistrate as the Principal Magistrate of the JJB. The appointment should be done in consultation with the High Court. The teacher, Uma Maheswari, was killed by a Standard IX student in a school at George Town here on February 9 this year.

Disposing of a petition by the student, Justice S. Nagamuthu said further proceedings on the final report should be conducted by a validly constituted JJB Bench.

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