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Section 2(45) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 defines ‘Petty offence’ as offences for which the maximum punishment provided under any law including the IPC, is imprisonment up to 3 years. Section 2(54) of the same Act defines ‘Serious Offence’ as offences for which punishment under any law is imprisonment between 3 to 7 years. Section 2(33) defines ‘Heinous offence’ as offences for which the minimum punishment under any law is imprisonment for 7 years or more.
Ques: What about those offences where the minimum sentence is less than 7 years, or there is no minimum sentence prescribed but the maximum sentence is more than 7 years such as Section 121A, 122 of IPC, offences relating to counterfeiting of currency, abetment to suicide of child or innocent person and many others ? Which category (petty, serious or heinous) will these offences fall under?
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