Delhi gangrape case: Two accused seek bail citing personal commitments

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 04:23 hrs

New Delhi: Two of the main accused in the December 16 gangrape, Mukesh Singh and Vinay Sharma have sought bail from a fast-track court. The two of the five adult accused who had allegedly gangraped the girl, have moved their bail applications in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna who is conducting the proceedings behind closed doors, their counsel told the media persons outside the court room.

Mukesh's bail plea to attend the post-death rituals of his elder brother Ram Singh, also an accused who had allegedly committed suicide in his prison in Tihar jail on March 11 was filed by his advocate ML Sharma. Accused Vinay Sharma has also moved his bail application through his counsel AP Singh saying he is a BA first year student and that due to the case his studies were being "affected", Vinay's counsel claimed.

"Mukesh should be given 15 days interim bail so that he can attend the post-death rituals of his brother, which is scheduled for March 25-26 at his village in Rajasthan," his counsel said. However, both the counsel said that they have given their submissions in the court.

Bringing up the recent death of another accused Ram Singh who was found hanging in his cell in the high security Tihar jail on 11 March as one of the grounds for seeking bail, Vinay Singh's counsel told reporters that Ram Singh's death had "terrified the other accused" and that they were been being "physically and sexually abused" in the prison.

The Delhi gangrape case is being heard by a fast-track court in Saket. The court, which has till date recorded statements of 55 witnesses in the case, on Thursday concluded recording of statement of the 60th prosecution witness in the case. With the proceedings against the main accused Ram Singh having abated after his death on March 11, the remaining four adult accused Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay Singh and Pawan Gupta are facing trial in the case for rape and murder of the girl.
The four accused are on trial for the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old student and attack on her friend on the night of December 16. The fifth accused, a juvenile, is facing trial before the juvenile justice board. The girl had died on December 29, 2012 in a Singapore hospital due to the grievous injuries she suffered when she was brutally assaulted by the six accused.

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