Press Esc to close

Murder charge slapped on accused

New Delhi, Dec 29, 2012, DHNS: 1:51 IST
People light candles during a protest against Delhi gang-rape case in Mumbai on Thursday. File Photo
The Delhi Police have added a fresh charge of murder against five men arrested and a juvenile detained over the December 16 gang-rape following the victim’s death. A charge sheet in the case is likely to be filed next week, the police said on Saturday.

According to Dharmender Kumar, special commissioner of police (law and order), the victim’s body was handed over to family after post-mortem conducted by a medical team in Singapore.

“The post-mortem report will be made available to us at the earliest. We have added Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code to the case and hope to file the chargesheet by January 3,” Kumar said.

Ram Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Akshay and the juvenile, residents of Ravi Dass Camp at RK Puram sector 3, have been nabbed in the case. They already face charges under Sections 201 (destruction of evidence), 365 (kidnapping), 376-2G (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences) and 394 (hurting in committing robbery) of the IPC.

Kumar added that High Court lawyer Dyan Krishnan will be special public prosecutor and will carry out a day-to-day prosecution to ensure that trial is finished in short time.

“Krishnan volunteered to conduct trial in a fast-track court free of cost and will be assisted by two juniors. He has been appointed and it will be our endeavour to ensure harshest punishment to culprits,” he added.

Even after a fast-track hearing in the trial court, the case in all probability will also end up being heard in higher courts.

If convicted of murder, the accused face punishment ranging from life term to death if the crime is seen as the rarest of the rare kind. One of the accused, if determined to be a juvenile, will however not sent to the prison even if he is found guilty.

The maximum sentence for a minor is three years of confinement at a centre for juvenile offenders.

The police have appealed to public to stay calm and maintain peace during anti-gang rape protests.

“In this moment of national grief following the loss of a young and innocent life to a barbaric crime, I appeal to members of public on behalf of the Delhi Police to stay calm and maintain peace. We, in the Delhi Police, as citizens of this country are equally saddened, if not more. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved family,” Kumar said.

A three-member commission of inquiry has already been set up under former chief justice of India Jagdish Sharan Verma to probe the incident. Verma along with justice Lalita Seth and former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam will inquire into the entire episode as to why it happened and why it could not be prevented.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Artists perform a folk dance during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Artists perform a folk dance during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Brides sit for a mass marriage ceremony organized for 12 Muslim couples at Mazgaon...

Brides sit for a mass marriage ceremony organized for 12 Muslim couples at Mazgaon...

Artists perform dance on the occasion of Haryana State Day...

Artists perform dance on the occasion of Haryana State Day...

A farmer pulls a cart rickshaw carrying cauliflower vegetables....

A farmer pulls a cart rickshaw carrying cauliflower vegetables....

Mohd Shami celebrats after after dismissing Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal...

Mohd Shami celebrats after after dismissing Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal...

Four lakhs of laddoos being prepared for 31st anniversary celebrations of Sai Baba Temple....

Four lakhs of laddoos being prepared for 31st anniversary celebrations of Sai Baba Temple....

Shah Rukh Khan performs during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Shah Rukh Khan performs during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Rahul Gandhi consoles Dipa, the wife of Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi....

Rahul Gandhi consoles Dipa, the wife of Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi....

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her daughter Aaradhya during a charity event...

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her daughter Aaradhya during a charity event...

Deepika Padukone with child artists at the promotion of film Padmavati...

Deepika Padukone with child artists at the promotion of film Padmavati...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.