Chennai rape accused seek CBI probe

Chennai rape accused seek CBI probe

Protest against Chennai rape accused in Chennai

Fourteen out of the 17 accused in the sensation rape of an 11-year-old girl with hearing disabilities have approached the Madras High Court seeking transfer of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The accused, who are aged between 23 and 66, alleged in the petition that they were “falsely framed” in the case and want an impartial probe by CBI since they have no faith in the Chennai Police, which has filed charge sheet in the case in a Mahila court.

Admitting the petition, Justice A.D. Jagadish Chandira said he would hear the case at his chamber on September 25 due to sensitive nature of the case.

The accused who moved the court through lawyer Shaikh Mehrunisa are S Ravikumar (66), S Murugesu (54), S Paramasivam (60), A Umapathy (42), R Babu (36), N Abhishek (23), J Raja (32), E Surya (23), M Suresh (32), P Gunasekaran (55), A Rajasekar (40), R Sugumaran (60), B Deenadayalan (50) and R Palani (40). Remaining three -- A Jayaraman (26), B Erald Bross (58) and A Jayaganesh (23) – did not approach the court.

All accused were arrested in a day after the family of the girl filed a complaint with the Ayanavaram police in July this year. The case sent shockwaves across the country as the police claimed that the minor was subjected to sexual assault for around six months by several people who worked in the apartment complex.

In the petition, the main accused Ravikumar, who is alleged to have raped the girl first, claimed that he was taken to the police station with regard to theft of 40 sovereigns of gold and was booked in this case. “Only during the time of remand, the petitioner was informed he is being arrested for the alleged offence,” the petition alleged.

Mehrunisa claimed that the judge said the case should not become a trial by the media. “Judge said that the rights of accused as well as victim should not be violated, and that he will take up the case in his chamber on September 25 at 2.30 pm,” she told DH.

The petition also said not just the petitioners, but their families are also put to sufferings due to the constant pressure by media in the incident.

All 17 were detained under stringent Goondas Act early this month making it difficult for the accused to move for bail for the next one year. They can get a bail only if the High Court quashes the detention.

The accused were booked under Section 5 of POCSO Act (Aggravated penetrative sexual assault), Section 10 of POCSO Act (Aggravated sexual assault), Section 12 of POCSO Act (Sexual harassment of a child), Section 376 DB of IPC (Gang-rape of minor girl), Section 328 of IPC (Causing hurt by intoxicating a person), Section 307 of IPC (Attempt to murder), Section 341 of IPC (Wrongful restraint) and Section 376 AB of IPC (Raping girl below 12 years of age).


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