Court orders in-camera trial, gags media
A Delhi court yesterday ordered in-camera (in private with a judge rather than open court) proceedings in the December 16 gang rape case following the "unprecedented situation" in the courtroom with crowds of reporters, lawyers, security personnel and onlookers.
The court also restrained the media from reporting any news related to the case without its permission.
Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal said, “The courtroom has become jampacked with lots of disturbance created from different nooks and corners.
It has become impossible to proceed in the case. I am passing order for in-camera proceeding. It shall not be lawful to print and publish any article in media without court permission.”
Five of the six men accused in the gang rape case had arrived on the Saket district court premises here but could not be presented before the court as the courtroom was too crowded. The sixth accused, who is 17-years-and-six-months-old according to his school certificate, will be presented before a juvenile justice board.
The court then said it would not hear the case unless the crowd dispersed. It said there was no space in the courtroom to present the accused and left for her chamber. Around 40 security personnel were deployed in the courtroom for security.