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Moving swiftly against the men who tortured and gangraped a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in south Delhi last month, the police today filed a chargesheet against five of the six arrested in the case.
The name of the sixth accused, said to be a juvenile, was not mentioned in the court of duty magistrate Surya Malik Grover at the time of filing the chargesheet — police had earlier said charges would be pressed against the sixth accused if an ossification test established he was not a juvenile.
The chargesheet, filed this evening after regular court hours, will be taken up for consideration on January 5 by the court of the magistrate under whose jurisdiction the case lies. The trial will be conducted in a fast track court. Additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna has been nominated by Delhi High Court to preside over the fast track court at Saket.
All cases of sexual offences against women will now be heard in these fast track courts. Six judges have been asked to preside over the fast track courts: ASJ Kaveri Baweja at Tis Hazari for central and north districts; ASJ Nivedita Anil Sharma at Tis Hazari for west district; ASJ Yogesh Khanna at Saket court for south and south-east districts; ASJ Virender Bhat at Dwarka for south-west distrct; ASJ T R Naval at Karkardooma for east and north-east districts; ASJ M C Gupta at Rohini for north-west and outer districts. In the gangrape case, the five accused — Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh and their friends Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur — have been chargesheeted for the offences of murder, gangrape, unnatural sexual offences, dacoity, abduction, attempt to murder, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy.
The bulky chargesheet along with supporting documents is under sealed cover due to the nature of the crime. Additional public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan also told the court that the copies of the charegsheet, which were to be supplied to the accused, do not contain the name of the victim but address her as 'XYZ'.
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