Students protest and observe 'Black Day' at Jantar Mantar to seek justice for the Delhi gangrape victim in New Delhi on Jan 3 ( Photo By Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Tim)
As the charge sheet was filed, some lawyers and public shouted slogans in the court demanding that the accused be handed over to public. They need not be tried as it is evident that they are the culprits, they contended.
They were, however, hushed up by fellow lawyers, who requested the judge to appoint a "spokesperson" who can during the trial of the case inform one and all about the daily developments as the matter has touched public sentiments.
The judge asked them to put their views before the area magistrate concerned on the next date of hearing.
Before the filing of the charge sheet, women lawyers protested in the court complex demanding swift justice and strict action against the perpetrators of such crimes.
The male friend's maternal uncle, who is also an advocate, told reporters that he would keep a tab on daily proceedings and if the police fails to take up the case properly during the trial, he would move the high court for redressal.
He also said he would also move the high court requesting "for treating the juvenile at par with the other co-accused."
The filing of the charge sheet in the jam-packed court did not go without drama. Before the proceedings, the courtroom was locked from inside and was opened only after the lawyers protested.
The charge sheet was filed at 17.30 hours, 30 minutes after the normal court hours.
This prompted the judge to ask the public prosecutor for the reason behind filing the charge sheet at the late hour.
Mohan said the investigators took time to put bulky documents along with the charge sheet in an orderly manner.
Later, he told reporters that the charge sheet would be filed against the juvenile offender shortly and the documentation work for that is less taxing than that in the case of the other accused.
He also said as per the law the court will also hold an inquiry to ascertain the age of the juvenile.
A woman advocate, who is empanelled with the Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA), said in any case the accused would be provided with legal aid.