The in camera hearing of five men accused of brutally gangraping and murdering a 23-year-old medical student will continue in a magistrates court today.
The accused will be produced in the court, but it is highly likely that the case will be transferred to a fast-track court. However the court is likely to announce the names of the lawyers who will represent the men.
Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal, had on Monday (7 January) granted the Delhi Police’s request to hear the rape case in-camera and restrict the media from reporting on the legal proceedings without permission of the court. The order was passed following commotion in the courtroom on a day when the five accused were to be produced in court.
The decision was challenged by a group of lawyers, but the petition was dismissed as being “devoid of substance”, with the District Judge saying that the magistrate was “within her rights or rather duty-bound to apply 327 (2) (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).”
Section 327 (2) (3) of the Cr PC prohibits the printing and publication of information relating to the legal proceedings without permission of the court. (Read more)
Meanwhile the Delhi High Court is also expected to pass an order on the status report filed by the Delhi police in the case.
During the hearing yesterday, a bench headed by Chief Justice D Murugesan and justice VK Jain slammed the police for not mentioning in the status report names of the policemen on PCR duty in the area that night. “Till today, you are not giving the names. What is the difficulty? You cannot hold back the names like this. We are not happy. Earlier also, we had expressed our unhappiness, even then you are not giving the names. What actions have you taken so far?” the bench said.
It also asked why some of the top police officials in the city, including the Commissioner, should not be made accountable for the slips in policing that night.