SC to hear plea to shift trial out of Delhi

Jan 22, 2013, 07:10 IST | Agencies

The Supreme Court said that it would hear a petition by one of the accused in the December 16, 2012, gang rape seeking the transfer of the trial outside Delhi.

Accused Mukesh sought shifting of the case to Mathura in Uttar Pradesh or any other state, as he apprehended he would not get free and fair trial in the city. The apex court bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabi and Justices J Chelameswar and Vikramajit Sen yesterday directed the listing of the matter for the next day after Mukesh’s counsel ML Sharma mentioned it.

“We will take it up for hearing tomorrow,” the court told Sharma while directing its listing for today. The petition said that Mukesh did not expect a free and fair trial in Delhi as the judiciary was under tremendous pressure because of personal interest shown by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and others.

The petition said the attitude of police and jail authorities was biased against the petitioner.

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