Two of the six accused in the December 16 gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on Sunday told a court that they are willing to turn approvers for the state, while another two sought legal aid.
Of the four accused, who were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Jyoti Kler inside her chamber after expiry of their 14-days of judicial remand, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma expressed their willingness to become witnesses in the gangrape-cum-murder case.
Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh have asked for legal aid counsel for their defence in the case.
Legal experts feel an accused cannot hope to become a witness especially in a heinous crime like the Delhi gangrape-cum-murder to escape punishment.
Usually in a case where investigators find it difficult to gather evidence, they could ask for an accused to become an approver to get crucial evidence and in return, the accused could get lighter sentence or escape punishment, experts said.
The magistrate, meanwhile, extended their judicial remand till January 19, and asked them to appear before the court concerned on January 7 as per the production warrant issued to them after taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed against the accused on January 3.
The fifth accused arrested in the case Akshay Thakur will also be produced before a court on Monday as he is in judicial custody till January 9. However, the case of sixth accused - a minor - will be heard by a Juvenile Justice Board.
The magistrated dictated her order in an open court room and no direction was given by her for prohibiting any media person from publishing or printing the proceedings.
A court had taken cognisance of the charge sheet against five of the accused yesterday under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gangrape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120-B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention) and 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the IPC.
The victim, a paramedical student, was brutally assaulted and gang-raped in a moving bus on the night of December 16. She died of her injuries in multi-speciality Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on December 29. (ANI + inputs)