IF the crime was brutal, retribution was equally swift and harsh. Just a year and nine months into the killing of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his minor sons at Manoharpur, a juvenile court has handed a life-sentence to a 13-year-old in the case.
The court order against Sudarshan Hansda, alias Chenchu, of Keonjhar is the first of its kind in recent times. No juvenile had ever been sentenced to 14 years' detention for any crime since the Juvenile Justice Act came into force in 1986. More generally, if the order is any indication, the CBI has a watertight case and Dara Singh's lawyers have a tough task ahead. In all, 18 persons have been chargesheeted, of whom four are still absconding.