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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

HC defers hearing in Delhi gang-rape case

PTI  New Delhi, September 26, 2013
First Published: 00:10 IST(26/9/2013) | Last Updated: 00:12 IST(26/9/2013)

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday deferred to October 1 hearing on the death penalty against four convicts in the December 16 gang rape and murder case and directed the police to supply the convicts the necessary set of documents.

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A bench of justice Reva Khetrapal and justice Pratibha Rani listed the matter for October 1 after the counsel for the four convicts submitted that they did not have the same paper books (set of documents) with the prosecution.

The court had on Tuesday fixed the hearing against convicts Mukesh (26), Akshay Thakur (28), Pawan Gupta (19) and Vinay Sharma (20) on a day-to-day basis from Wednesday.

Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan agreed to supply the complete paper books to the defence within two days.

The bench asked the Registry to furnish a translation of the 23-year-old victim’s dying declaration from Hindi to English language and relevant statements of witnesses under section 161 and 164 CrPC.

“The state has prepared the paper books (except the translation) and in order to expedite the same, they (police) will furnish it within two days.

The bench had on Tuesday rejected the contention of the convicts’ counsel who had opposed early hearing of the reference.

The four were on Tuesday produced before the bench in the wake of production warrants issued by the HC on the trial court’s reference for confirmation of the capital punishment.


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