Court for in-camera hearing, media restrained from reporting

The proceedings in the case of the gangrape and murder of the 23-year-old girl in Delhi will be held in camera, a local court today ordered after the five accused were produced before it.

Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal also restrained the media from reporting and publishing the proceedings of the case after the Delhi police filed an application for in-camera proceedings.

"Keeping in view the situation which has arisen in this case, proceedings, including the inquiry and the trial, to be held in-camera. I am invoking section 327 (2)(iii) of Cr PC. Hence, all public persons and everybody present in the court room are directed to vacate the court room. It shall not be lawful to print or publish any matter or content in this case except with the permission of this court," the judge said in the order.

Challenging the order, some lawyers filed an application before the District Judge RK Gauba for lifting the curb on the media.

Gauba issued notice to the Delhi Police and posted the issue for hearing on January 9.

Public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan moved an application for in-camera proceedings, two-days after Delhi police issued an advisory that the proceedings in the case cannot be reported as the court has already taken cognisance of the charge sheet, under sections 302 (murder), 376 (2)(g) (gangrape) and other provisions of the Indian Penal Code. 

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