The court had on Monday postponed the sentencing in the case till today.

It had also accepted the prosecution's appeal to add fresh charge under IPC Section 376 (E) against the three accused, who were also convicted for gang-raping a telephone operator in the same premises.

All the three convicts - Mohammed Salim Ansari, Vijay Mohan Jadhav and Mohammad Qasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bengali - are common convicts in both telephone operator and photojournalist gang-rape cases.

The three men were awarded life imprisonment last week in the case related to gang-rape of an 18-year-old telephone operator in August last year.

The three common convicts while pleading not guilty refused to sign the copy of the charge document, stating that they were yet to go through the judgement in the telephone operator's case.

During the proceedings, Principal Sessions Judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi also rejected the defence plea to stay the trial.

The defence lawyer sought the stay, saying that his clients wanted to move the Bombay High Court, challenging the court's order to frame the additional charge based on the application filed by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

The court, however, said that the accused can challenge the order even during the trial.


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