(2) Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or any action taken under the said Act shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this Act.
With the coming into force of this Act, the earlier Juvenile Justice Act, 1986 ipso facto stands repealed. Prior to Juvenile Justice Act. 1986, the Children Act, 1960 was in force which was repealed by J.J. Act of 1986.
This section specifically lays down that anything done or any action taken under the earlier Juvenile Justice Act, 1986 shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this Act, i.e., the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. Thus the repeal of J.J. Act, 1986 shall not have any adverse effect on such acts.
The High Court of Allahabad in Dashrath Singh v. State of (7.P., made it clear that there is no provision in the J.J. Act, 2000 to make it applicable retrospectively. Since Section 20 is applicable to proceedings in respect of juvenile pending in any Court on the date of commencement of the Act of 2000 (the Act came into force on 1.4.2001).
From the phraseology of Section 20 it is clear that it applies to cases in which the old J.J. Act of 1986 was applicable. Because the old Act was not applicable in the instant case, the provisions of Section 20 of the J.J. Act, 2000 will not be applicable.