The Supreme Court on Thursday granted interim bail to thirteen convicts who were declared juveniles at the time of commission of the offences, and are currently lodged in Agra Central Jail.."It is not in dispute that 13 Petitioners have been held by Juvenile Justice Board as juveniles. Let interim bail be granted to them by presenting personal bonds," the Supreme Court ordered. .A Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and V Ramasubramanian was informed by Additional Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh, Garima Prashad that Allahabad High Court had passed orders to identify the ones who had passed the age of juvenility. "We have no objection with the bail, but we need to conduct verification," stated the AAG. .The plea filed through Advocate Rishi Malhotra stated that after a public interest litigation was filed in the Allahabad High Court in 2012, directions were issued to the Juvenile Justice Board to dispose of applications regarding juvenility of prisoners.Pursuant to that, all thirteen petitioners were declared juveniles at the time of commission of their respective offences.Despite clear and unchallenged rulings from the Juvenile Justice Board declaring the petitioners as juveniles, no steps have been taken to release them, the plea said..The plea contended that as per Section 15 read with Section 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, the maximum period of incarceration for those under 18 is three years, and such incarceration has to be in juvenile homes..The petition further stated that in majority of the thirteen cases, statutory criminal appeals are pending before the High Court.The need of hour is to direct "immediate release of these petitioners in view of the fact that not only they are declared juvenile but they have already undergone a maximum period of detention provided under the Juvenile Justice Act," the petition stated.