New Delhi: The in-camera trial in the brutal gang rape case of 23-year-old paramedical student by six men in a moving bus in the national capital will begin on Thursday.

All five accused in the case will be produced before the court on Thursday.  

The court had on Monday ordered an in-camera trial and banned media from reporting the proceedings without its permission.
A sessions court on Wednesday also upheld the magistrate order on in-camera proceedings in the gang-rape case and not allowing media to cover the trial.

The case is also likely to be transferred to a fast-track court. The name of the defence lawyers for the accused is also expected to be announced on Thursday.  

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court pulled up city Police for their lackadaisical approach in the December 16 gang rape case and filing ‘unsatisfactory’ status report in the court.
3 accused to plead not guilty

Amidst the national outrage over the demand of justice for gang rape victim, two advocates have come forward to defend the accused who had shaken the country men with their barbaric act.

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 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.

Rape victim’s family for open court hearing

The family of the 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim on Wednesday favoured open court hearing in the case and said this would enable information to reach the people.
They would otherwise not come to know of the developments and this might weaken the people's anger, and the agitation going on against the rape and demands for a strict anti-rape law, her family said.

The five accused have been chargesheeted under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the IPC.

Accused want to be state witness

On Sunday, two accused in the brutal December 16 gang rape expressed their desire to become witnesses on behalf of the state in the case. Two accused Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma told the court that they wanted to be witnesses in the case and refused to take the service of legal aid counsel.

Turning accused into approvers?

Meanwhile, the legal experts opined that the desire of two of the six accused to turn into state witnesses is just a maneuver adopted by them to avoid punishment for their heinous crime.

According to legal advisors, there is no need to turn them into approvers as the police have ample evidences that are strong enough to bring all the six accused to justice.

Both the accused Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma had pleaded before a Delhi court for death penalty for their brutal crime.


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