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Delhi gangrape case: SC lawyer appointed special prosecutor

New Delhi: Supreme Court lawyer Dayan Krishnan has been appointed as the special public prosecutor
by city police to conduct trial in the 16 December gangrape of a paramedical student who succumbed to injuries during wee hours today 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), told PTI.

The senior police officer said the harshest punishment would be sought against five accused during the trial after filing the charge sheet by 3 January.

The sixth accused is a juvenile and would be tried separately at Juvenile Justice Board.

The entire country has witnessed protests over the incident. PTI

"We hope to file the charge sheet by 3 January, 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."

The special prosecutor would conduct the trial in a fast track court on day-to-day basis.

Later talking to PTI, Krishnan said, "I had given my consent to conduct the trial. Till now, I have not received any notification."

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 today at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore owing to mutiple organ failure, was gangraped, assaulted and then dumped in south Delhi by six persons on the night of 16 December. She and her male friend had boarded the bus at Munirka around 9.45 pm on the fateful night after watching a movie.

PTI