New Delhi: Amidst the national outrage over the demand of justice for 23-year-old gang rape victim, two advocates have come forward to defend the accused who had shaken the country men with their barbaric act. JPN/Bureau/Agencies
Two advocates have claimed that they will represent three of the five accused in the court and defend the charges imposed against them by the police.
It is worth mentioning that the Saket Bar, showing its protest against the heinous crime, has decided not to take up cases of all the five accused.
Advocate M L Sharma, who appeared in the Metropolitan Magistrate's court on Tuesday and offered to defend the accused amidst protests from the Saket bar, has been engaged by prime accused Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh Singh and Akshay Kumar Singh alias Thakur.
Another advocate V K Anand, who had also showed up in the court wanting to be an amicus curiae, has also been engaged by the Ram Singh.
"They will plead not guilty to the charges leveled against them in the charge sheet. They want to face the trial," said Sharma and Anand echoing similar stand.
Sharma claimed that he was approached by the family of the prime accused Ram Singh, Mukesh and Akshay, who have signed him to defend them. Anand maintained he would be defending Ram Singh.
He said he had also met the accused in the Tihar jail on Monday but could not get the vakalatnama signed. However, on Tuesday morning, the accused themselves asked him to represent them in the court.
He refused to take the case for the other two accused, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma, saying, "Gupta's father had visited him in Tihar. Since one of their relatives is also a practising advocate, he would be representing him."
Sources in the Tihar jail also said that several advocates approached the jail authority regarding taking up their case but was not allowed to meet the accused.
A senior Tihar jail official said the accused were illiterate undertrial prisoners. "Generally in a sensational case, many advocates come forward to represent the accused.
Being illiterate and already scared, the accused might have signed even more than two advocates. It is an issue between the advocate and the prisoner," he said.
Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal had on Monday posted the matter for January 10 after ordering that proceedings will be held in camera and media should not report them.
The five accused, Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh and their accomplices Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur have been charge sheeted for murder, gang rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, dacoity, hurting in committing robbery, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and common intention under the Indian Penal Code.
The charge sheet against the sixth accused, which is being proceeded against separately before the Juvenile Justice Board, is yet to be filed.
New Delhi: Amidst the national outrage over the demand of justice for 23-year-old gang rape victim, two advocates have come forward to defend the accused who had shaken the country men with their barbaric act.