New Delhi: More than a month after the brutal Delhi gangrape-murder shook the nation, the case will be heard by a fast-track court starting Monday. Five of the accused have been charged with murder, rape and abduction.
The sixth accused who is a minor will appear before the Juvenile Justice Board. On Saturday, the defence lawyers of the accused moved a plea in the Supreme Court seeking the shifting of trial outside Delhi.
The lawyers said that they fear that a free and fair hearing was not possible in New Delhi because of strong public sentiment against them. Mukesh, who has been charged with murder, gangrape and unnatural offences, submitted in his petition that in view of regular agitation, police and judicial officials are under pressure to pass an order according to the demand 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 state are not spared and in these circumstances, he cannot get justice in Delhi at all," the petition, filed through his advocate ML Sharma, said. "The case has been assigned to the fast track court which is going to start from January 21 and due to media reports and agitations conducted by the media and others and due to political statements and personal interest shown by the chief minister as well as various cabinet minister, judiciary is under pressure to work against the petitioner. Therefore the petitioner has filed the petition for transfer," it said.
"Due to media trial and day-to-day agitation, the subject matter has gone into the root of each house in Delhi. Petitioner's counsel is also under serious threat and even in the court room he has been declined to be heard properly," the petition said, pleading the apex court to transfer the criminal case Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
(With additional information from PTI)