The sessions court on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail application of Vinamra Soni, accused in the gangrape of a US national, observing that there is enough evidence to prove his involvement in the case.
Soon after the court rejected his bail, Soni was arrested and taken into custody by police.
Additional Sessions Judge K P Joshi, while rejecting the application, observed that the act committed by Soni and the other five arrested accused has affected the image of the country at the international level.
“The nature of the offence, its gravity and its impact on the society needs to be considered. The accused has been alleged to have raped a foreign national who had come to India for studies and has no family here,” the court observed.
Soni and five others have been accused of allegedly raping a 23-year-old US national, who had come to India for doing a course in gender and development in the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS).
Soni, who was at large till yesterday, approached the sessions court today seeking anticipatory bail in the case.
His lawyer argued that although Soni was present at the suburban residence where the victim was allegedly raped, he was not involved in the crime.