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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

Mumbai gang-rape: fast-track court to try case

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 28, 2013
First Published: 23:58 IST(28/8/2013) | Last Updated: 03:42 IST(29/8/2013)

The Maharashtra government is all set to send a strong signal regarding the safety of women through the photojournalist gang rape case. Not only will the case be tried at a fast-track court, noted criminal lawyer Ujjawal Nikam has been engaged as a special public prosecutor for it.

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But while fast-track courts are expected to deliver speedy justice, delays do occur and the move is being seen in several quarters as a token gesture.

Asked about it, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan who made the announcement on Wednesday, said, “Sometimes delays do happen, but then the judiciary works that way. We need basic reforms to make things happen faster”.

The chief minister said he expected the court to expedite the hearing and sentence the accused as early as possible.

“I have talked to Nikam and the police will file chargesheet in the case under his guidance,” Chavan said.

According to senior officials, the government would request the Bombay high court to try the case in one of the fast-track courts in the city or set up another.

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