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Three accused sent to 14-day judicial custody

Three accused sent to 14-day judicial custody
On Sunday, three out of the six accused of Vasant Vihar gangrape case were sent to 14 days judicial custody, after being produced at Saket district court.

Three accused persons namely Ram Singh (33),  Pawan Gupta (19) and Vinay Sharma (20) were produced infront of Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar. In the court, Pawan and Vinay admitted to their crime, however, Ram Singh, the main accused did not speak a word in front of the judge.

When the trio were asked for the test identification parade (TIP), all of them denied to participate. One by one, each of them told Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar that they were involved in the crime.  

‘I don’t want to take part in the TIP, but I was involved in the crime,’ said Pawan and Vinay. However, in an aggressive voice Ram Singh said, ‘I refuse to take part in the parade.’ After speaking these words he stood quite.

Further Ram Singh gave a harsh look to the media persons and the advocates who were present in the court No. 204 during the proceeding.

Listening to the denial for the TIP by all the three accused, the judge warned them by saying, ‘their refusal for TIP could be used against them during the trial and adverse inferences could be drawn from it.’

After which, Pawan and Vinay again confessed their crime by saying, ‘we had committed a heinous crime so we could be given death penalty anytime.’ But Ram Singh showered his attitude to the judge as well by not replying the judge’s warning.

On Monday, Mukesh will be produced in Saket court as his police custody is expiring.

Till now, only three of the six accused persons have agreed for the TIP. Out of which, Mukesh’s TIP was done successfully on Thursday, when the male friend of the victim identified him. However, Raju, a juvenile who has agreed for the TIP will go for the parade on Monday and Akshay Thakur will go for TIP on Wednesday.

After the proceeding, all the three accused were taken to a separate chamber where the statement of their involvement in the heinous crime have been recorded infront of the metropolitan magistrate under section 164 of CrPC. Later, they were taken from the back gate of the chamber as the public were waiting for them to come out so that they can attack them.


HIGH COURT ORDERS DAILY TRIAL IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES

Voicing concern over the gangrape of a woman, the Delhi High Court on Sunday issued directions to additional sessions judges to have daily hearing in cases of sexual assault. Five fast track courts will also come up.

‘The administrative committee of the Delhi High Court has resolved to direct additional sessions judges that cases of sexual assault on women will be tried on day-to-day basis from the date of commencement of the trial,’ the high court said. Th administrative committee headed by the chief justice has accepted a proposal of the government to establish five special fast track courts for dealing with cases of sexual assault on women and taken steps to establish such courts immediately after the winter vacation, it said.

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit 19 December had forwarded a proposal to set up five special fast track courts.

Taking suo moto cognizance of the 16 December gangrape in Delhi, a division bench of chief justice D. Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw earlier told police to file a status report.
Chayanika Nigam

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