HindustanTimes Fri,11 Jul 2014

Mumbai gang-rape: Ujjwal Nikam appointed as public prosecutor

PTI  Pune, August 25, 2013
First Published: 19:50 IST(25/8/2013) | Last Updated: 19:51 IST(25/8/2013)

Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said he had requested noted criminal lawyer Ujjwal Nikam to appear as public prosecutor in the photojournalist gang-rape case.


"The case will be tried in fast-track court to ensure speedy justice to the victim," he told reporters in Pune.

Nikam, when asked by PTI whether he had accepted the state's request, said, "The chief minister telephoned me a few minutes back and I have agreed to take up the case."

He said the state home minister RR Patil too had spoken to him regarding the case and he had given his consent to appear on behalf of the state.

The chief minister also requested media to protect and respect the privacy of the victim.

"The state wanted to engage the best legal talent in the case and see that maximum punishment is meted out to the culprits in the gang-rape of the photojournalist," Chavan said, adding that all the five accused in the case are arrested by police.

The 23-year-old victim, working as an intern with an English magazine, was gang-raped in the premises of the defunct Shakti Mills Compound where she had gone along with a male colleague on an official assignment to shoot pictures on August 22.

more from India

Chavan to remain as Maharashtra CM: Congress

The Maharashtra Congress in-charge Mohan Prakash on Friday told CNN IBN that Prithviraj Chavan will remain the chief minister of the state ending speculations of a change in leadership in the post after the defeat of Congress in the Lok Sabha elections.
Most Popular
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved