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(IANS): Supreme Court said Wednesday that it will pronounce its order next week on the maintainability of a plea seeking prosecution of a juvenile accused in Dec 16, 2012 gang-rape here under normal criminal laws.

An apex court bench headed by Chief justice P. Sathasivam said that it will pronounce its order either on Aug 21 or Aug 22. The plea has been filed by Subramanian Swamy, who earlier this week merged his Janata Party with the BJP.

As a consequence, the Juvenile Justice Board verdict slated for Aug 19 is likely to be postponed.

Swamy Wednesday told the court that his petition was on the larger question whether the Juvenile Justice Act was in consonance with the article 253 of the constitution and the mention of juvenile accused in the gang-rape case was incidental.

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