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Shame City: Chargesheet filed against five accused

Shame City: Chargesheet filed against five accused
Delhi police on Thursday filed a 33-page chargesheet in the case of gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic. The chargesheet was filed in Saket court against accused Ram Singh, 33, Mukesh, 24, Pawan Gupta, 18, Vinay Sharma, 20 and Akshay Thakur, 28, booking them under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 365 (kidnapping), 376-2G (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offenses), 201 (destruction of evidence), 395 (dacoity), 396 (dacoity with murder), 34 (common intention) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. The chargesheet against the sixth accused, alleged to be a minor, could be filed before the juvenile court.

The chargesheet was filed at 5.30 pm before Metropolitan Magistrate Surya Malik Grover. In the court it was said if the reports of an ossification test of the sixth accused proves that he is major, a supplementary chargesheet will be filed. And if it was found that he is a juvenile, his case will be tried in Juvenile Justice Board. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Magistrate has posted the matter for Saturday. Once the court takes cognisance, it will move to a designated fast-track court for in-camera trial.

In the chargesheet, it was stated that the DNA reports of all six accused have confirmed the involvement of each one of them in the heinous crime. The chargesheet was prepared on the basis of the accounts of 30 eyewitnesses and the victim’s friend, who is the main witness. The victim’s friend helped the cops reconstruct the entire crime scene with every minute detail.

To file the e-chargesheet, Rajiv Mohan, the public prosecutor appealed for a day’s time. The e-chargesheet is likely to run into 1,200 pages containing annexures and also the case diary. The chargesheet filed on Thursday includes the charges on the five accused, the evidences against them such as the forensic reports, the statements of the deceased girl and her friend and the details of the accused person.

Arjun Natarajan, an advocate, volunteered to defend the five accused, saying he was doing so for speedy trial and in the interest of justice. He said the case won’t be sent to the sessions  court until someone defends the accused persons.

‘I am taking an initiative to be a part of the court proceeding and will check all the documents,’ Natarajan added.

‘The FIR that was registered at Vasant Vihar police station on  16 December also included the chargesheet in a sealed envelope. The name of the deceased girl and her friend are mentioned in the FIR,’ a source said. In the court, Delhi police demanded to have an in-camera proceeding but the court has not taken any decision regarding the same so far.
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