NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the plea of one of the six accused in the gangrape-cum-murder case of 23-year-old paramedical student to transfer the trial outside Delhi.
In his transfer petition, Mukesh claimed that the police and judicial officials in the Capital were under tremendous pressure due to regular protests in the city. He expressed his apprehension that a fair hearing was impossible as the protestors were already demanding death sentence for them and sought transfer of the case to Mathura, UP.
"The sentiment has gone into the root of each home in Delhi by which even the judicial officers and the state are not spared and in these circumstances, he cannot get justice in Delhi at all," the petition added.
His lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma had said his client wanted the transfer on the grounds that free and fair hearing was not possible in Delhi due to strong public sentiment against him.
Young Delhi gangrape beast a minor
The youngster described as the most brutal of the six accused in the horrific Delhi gang rape and murder case is likely to get away with the mildest punishment - three years in a reform home.
A juvenile justice board Monday accepted his school certificate and declared him juvenile, which means if found guilty, he will spend three years in a reformatory. The victim's family has expressed shock over the order and said they will challenge it.
Merely a school certificate shouldn't have decided he was under 18, said the father of the 23-year-old physiotherapist who died of her injuries a month ago.
"We will move court, do whatever it takes to ensure that the accused goes through a bone test and is tried as an adult. All the accused must be hanged," he said.
The other five suspects, charged with gang rape, murder and abduction, face the possibility of death penalty. Their case is being heard by a fast-track court. (Agencies)