The sessions court on Thursday framed charges against the six accused allegedly involved in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences gang rape case A 23-year-old American student at the institute was allegedly raped in April 2009.
The fast track court framed charges under which the accused — Vinamra Soni (21), Harshvardhan Yadav (22), Jashkaran Bhullar (20), Anish Borkataki (21), Dev Colabawala (21) and Kundanraj Borgohain (22) — would have to stand trial. However, all the accused have pleaded not guilty.
The accused will face trial under 376 (g) (gang rape) and section 34 of Indian Penal Code (committing a crime with common intention). The minimum punishment for gang rape, under the section is 10 years but may be extended to life imprisonment.
The American national was allegedly gang raped by the six accused at Kundanraj’s flat at Yari Road in Andheri West late on April 12, 2009.
The Trombay police said the accused first met the victim at XO bar at Deonar and later took her to Kundanraj’s flat. The victim told the police that when she woke up she realised that she had been sexually abused.
The police filed a chargesheet in July 2009 which includes the statements of victim’s colleague Annie Brown, two autorickshaw drivers who had ferried the victim and the accused to the flat, the owner and staff of XO bar, besides the statements of the panch witnesses.
But the most important statement is of one of the victim’s friends who had said that on the night of incident the victim had called him up and said that the boys were troubling her.
The HC, earlier this month, refused to discharge Kundanraj from the case. He had said that though he accompanied the other accused, he had no part in the crime. The trial is likely to start from Januray 13.