New Delhi: Supreme Court lawyer Dayan Krishnan has been appointed as the special public prosecutor by city police to conduct trial in the December 16 gangrape of a paramedical student who succumbed to injuries during wee hours on Saturday at a Singapore hospital. "It is Dayan Krishnan, an eminent lawyer... He has volunteered to do it free of cost. He will be assisted by two juniors," Dharmendra Kumar, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), said.
The senior police officer said the harshest punishment would be sought against the five accused during the trial after filing the chargesheet by January 3, while the sixth accused, who is a juvenile, would be tried separately at Juvenile Justice Board.
"We hope to file the chargesheet by January 3, 2013. Section 302 of the IPC, which is the penal section for murder, has been added in the FIR," Kumar said, adding, "It will be our endeavor to ensure the harshest punishment in the book for the culprits."
Police have slapped murder charges as well as sections 201 (destruction of evidence), 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of IPC against the accused. The special prosecutor would conduct the trial in a fast track court on day-to-day basis.
Krishnan said, "I had given my consent to conduct the trial." Krishnan has been representing NIA, Delhi Police and other agencies at various judicial fora in many cases including the Nitish Katara murder case. The girl, who died Saturday at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore owing to multiple organ failure, was gangraped, assaulted and then dumped in south Delhi by six persons on the night of December 16. She and her male friend had boarded the bus at Munirka around 9.45 pm on the fateful night after watching a movie.