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Lawyers argue in court, both want to defend gangrape accused

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 23, 2013
First Published: 00:33 IST(23/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:36 IST(23/1/2013)

Two lawyers, both claiming to be advocates of one of the accused in the gangrape-cum-murder case, were involved in a verbal spat on Tuesday. Both wanted to argue on the petition seeking transfer of the trial outside Delhi.

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As an argument broke out between the lawyers inside the courtroom, a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir adjourned the hearing till Wednesday.

“We will hear it tomorrow,” the bench, also comprising Justice J Chelemashwar and Justice Vikramjit Sen said.

The commotion took place as soon as advocate ML Sharma, who had filed the transfer petition on behalf of accused Mukesh on grounds of prejudice and surcharged atmosphere, started arguments.

Another lawyer VK Anand objected, saying the former was no more associated with it. Anand claimed that he was Mukesh’s lawyer.

The Supreme Court had on Monday agreed to examine Mukesh’s transfer petition. He claimed he was entitled to a free and fair trial and that the same wasn’t possible in Delhi due to strong public sentiments against the accused.

Mukesh, along with four others, has been charged with murder, gangrape and unnatural offences.

He has alleged that in view of regular agitations, police and judicial officials are under pressure to pass orders, according to the demands of the agitators. So a fair hearing might not be possible.

“The sentiment has gone into the root of each home in Delhi, by which even the judicial officers and the state are not spared and in these circumstances, he cannot get justice in Delhi at all,” the petition said.

A fast track court in Saket has fixed January 24 to hear the case on a day-to-day basis.


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