Delhi gang rape: Shift trial out of Delhi, accused tells court

Jan 20, 2013, 10:29 IST | Agencies

One of the key accused in the Delhi gang rape and murder case, has told the apex court that a free and fair hearing was not possible because of the strong public angst against him in the city

A fast track court in Saket in south Delhi will hear the case on January 21.

 Mukesh’s lawyer ML Sharma, while filing the petition for shifting the case from Delhi to Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, said, “The sentiment has gone into the root of each home in Delhi from which even the judicial officers and the state are not spared and in these circumstances, he cannot get justice in Delhi at all.”

Serious threat
The plea added that “due to the media trial and several day-to-day agitation, the subject matter has gone into the root of each house in Delhi. The petitioner’s counsel is also under serious threat and even in the court room he has not been heard properly.”

The case
 The Police filed the chargesheet against five accused on January 3 accusing them of murder and gangrape, among other charges. The accused Ram Singh, Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur were charged with gangraping and brutally assaulting the woman in a moving bus. The victim died in a Singapore hospital December 29.

The case of the sixth accused, who claimed to be a juvenile, is being heard by the juvenile justice board.

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