The school Principal of the juvenile accused in the December 16 gang-rape-cum-murder case has appeared before the Juvenile Justice Board in response to its summons to help determine his exact age.

The Board is believed to have expressed its dissatisfaction over the documents placed before it to determine the veracity of the age of sixth accused, who claims to be 17-year-old. It found the documents produced by the Principal as insufficient, sources said.

The Board had asked the Principal of the school at Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, where the juvenile had purportedly done his initial schooling, to appear before it with some documents.

It has now asked the Principal to appear again on January 15 and furnish more authentic documents to assist them in ascertaining the age of the accused.

Tihar jail

The juvenile accused also appeared before the three-member Board.

While the juvenile accused is at present lodged in a juvenile home, the other five adult co-accused are lodged in Tihar Jail here and are being proceeded against in a Saket court. The five accused, Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh and their accomplices Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur, have been charge sheeted for the offences of murder, gang-rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, dacoity, hurting in committing robbery, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and common intention under the Indian Penal Code. — PTI