Ahmednagar rape: Maha govt for time-bound hearing and capital punishment for accused

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 20, 2016 00:00 IST
Congress MLAs on Tuesday tie black bands during the monsoon Assembly session to protest the Ahmednagar rape. Anshuman Poyrekar/HT (Hindustan Times)

The state government on Tuesday said the investigation into the Ahmednagar gang-rape and murder case will be time-bound and that it will seek the death penalty.

The government has also decided to request the Bombay high court to hear the case daily without any adjournments.

The CM also said the state will raise the punishment for the sale of illicit liquor to 10 years from 3 years and make the offence non bailable.

While replying to a stormy debate that went on for more than four hours in the state Assembly over the rape and murder of the minor girl in Kopardi village of Karjat taluka in Ahmednagar last Wednesday, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government was determined to get the death penalty for the three arrested accused.

He also promised action against those involved in the sale of illicit liquor under Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act (MPDA). Repeated offenders in such cases will be booked under the stringent act.

Waris Pathan of All India Majlis-e-Ittehaudl Muslimeen claimed during his speech that rape and murder are mostly committed under the influence of liquor.

“We already have announced we will fast-track the rape case to ensure the culprits are punished for the heinous crime. We also discussed the issue with the law and judiciary department to complete the trial in a stipulated period. However, the legal experts have apprised us that no such time frame can be set for the court trial,” Fadnavis told the Assembly on Tuesday.

He said, instead, the government will request the high court to hear the case daily without any adjournments. We are also going to plead the court to punish the accused with life imprisonment, he said.

“We have the recent history of two cases in Sindhudurg and Malad which were decided in two to three months. The Kopardi case will also be tried on the similar lines. Noted public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had assured us to dedicate his time for the speedy disposal of the case,” he said.

A dedicated team of five forensic science laboratory has been deployed to work on the rape case and submit the report in six days to ensure that the report is appreciated for filing charge sheet at the earliest.

The CM also announced that Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla will be directed to visit Kopardi to overlook the investigations and interact with the family members of the victim to ensure the case was made foolproof.

Legislators from the Opposition benches had raised doubts about the inaction against the fourth accused in the case despite having previous criminal cases pending against him.

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