Cops want maximum term for convicts, to move HC
The Kolkata Police has decided to move to the Calcutta High Court pleading maximum punishment for the three convict of the Park Street rape case.
It may be mentioned that the Bankshall Court on Friday sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment.
Counsels of all three accused — Naser Khan, Ruman Khan and Sumit Bajaj — had submitted before the court for minimum punishment for the trio.
However, the public prosecutors have not opposed the plea. The minimum punishment for a person held guilty on charges of gang rape is 10 years imprisonment and the maximum is life imprisonment.
Family members and relatives of the victim had expressed their regret as the accused were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
The special public prosecutor was also taken off from the case after the trio was sentenced.
In a meeting where senior officers of the Kolkata Police were present, it has been decided to move to the High Court for maximum punishment of the convicts and suggestions were taken from legal experts in this connection, sources said.
Sources said the police would move to the High Court before Christmas and necessary discussions with the investigating officer of the case were on.
Family members of the victim were happy with the decision of the city police. At the same time they expect that the police would do the needful to catch the two other accused.
One of the convicts Sumit, who was the driver of the car in which 37-year-old Suzzette Jordan was gang-raped on February 5, 2012, has been booked on charges of gang-rape.
The other two Rumen and Naser were booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on charges of gang-rape (376 (2G) IPC), criminal conspiracy (120B IPC), voluntarily causing
hurt (323 IPC), criminal intimidation (506 IPC) and acts done by several persons (34 IPC).