Delhi gang-rape case transferred to fast-track court

NEW DELHI: A month after a 23-year-old girl was brutally beaten and gang-raped in a moving bus by six men, a Metropolitan Magistrate court committed the case to a fast-track court. The hearing of the case will be held on January 21.

Meanwhile, Ram Singh, the prime accused in the case, has demanded that the case be transferred outside the national capital to ensure an impartial hearing.

Singh has said that he does not want the case to be heard in Delhi or Uttar Pradesh, and is open to it being heard in any other state. He has said that he will move the Supreme Court on this plea.

This comes even as a Delhi court on Thursday extended the judicial custody of all the five accused.

The five accused have got lawyers to defend them.

All the accused also assaulted her 28-year-old male friend. Both were thrown out of the bus after around 40 minutes, naked, bleeding and shivering. The friend will be the main witness in the case.

The sixth accused is a juvenile and his case is being heard by a Juvenile Justice Board.

Lawyer VK Anand is representing the main accused Ram Singh, ML Sharma is defending Mukesh, AP Singh is representing Akshay alias Thakur and Vinay Sharma, while the fifth accused Pawan Gupta will be represented by counsel Vivek Sharma.

The police have charged the five under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code. (Agencies)