New Delhi: Lawyers at the Saket district court on Wednesday said that they will not defend the accused of Delhi gang rape and murder case.

Hearing in this case is expected to begin on Thursday when police will formally file a 1,000-page chargesheet against the six accused.

"It would be immoral to defend them therefore we have decided that no lawyer will stand up to defend them (gang rape accused)," Sanjay Kumar, a lawyer and member of the Saket District Bar Council, said. Kumar also said that around 2500 advocates registered with the court have decided to stay away from court proceedings.

A senior police official had said that the chargesheet, which is being vetted by the legal experts, has cited 30 witnesses in connection with the December 16 incident in which the physiotherapy student was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus in south Delhi. The victim died in a Singapore hospital on Saturday morning. Investigators said they will seek death penalty for the accused in the case.

Six persons, including a 17-year-old boy, were apprehended in connection with the incident, which evoked widespread outrage and anger and triggered violent protests near and around India Gate and Raisina Hill.

The chargesheet, to be filed in the Saket court, will detail the role of five men while mentioning that a separate report would be sent to Juvenile Justice Board for the trial of the minor boy allegedly involved in the case, the official said.

The chargesheet gives details about the sequence of events, the treatment, shifting of the patient to a Singapore hospital as well as her death, the official said. Police have slapped rape, murder and other charges against the accused.

(JPN/Agencies)

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