New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea of one of the six accused in the December 16 gang rape and murder case. It has been pleaded by the accused for shifting the trial to a place outside Delhi.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir listed the matter for hearing on Tuesday after the accused Mukesh’s counsel pleaded for an urgent hearing on the ground that free and fair hearing is not possible in the national capital because of strong public sentiment against the accused.

Mukesh, who has been charged with murder, gang rape and unnatural offences, has said in his petition that in view of regular agitations, police and judicial officials are under pressure to pass orders according to the demands of the agitators and fair hearing is not possible.

"The sentiment has gone into the root of each home in Delhi by which even the judicial officers and the state are not spared and in these circumstances, the accused cannot get justice in Delhi at all," the petition, filed through his advocate, said.

The case has been assigned to the fast track court where day-to-day proceedings are slated to begin from Monday.

It has been said in the petition, "Due to media reports, huge agitation, political statements and personal interest shown by the chief minister as well as various cabinet ministers, judiciary is under pressure to work against the petitioner".

The accused has sought transfer of the case to Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. There are six accused in the case including a juvenile.

The five other accused --Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh and their accomplices Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur -- have been charged with the offences of murder, gang rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, robbery, , destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and common intention under IPC.

All the accused had gang-raped a 23-year-old student in a moving bus on December 16 who succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital on December 29.

(Agencies)

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