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Delhi High Court sets free other convict with jail term undergone

High Court dismisses the gang-rape charge against the two convicts

There were a total of six accused in the case, two of them juvenile

NEW DELHI: Dismissing the charge of gang-rape in the sensational Maulana Azad Medical College rape case in the Capital eight years ago in which a young student of the college was criminally assaulted in broad daylight on the terrace of an ancient Mughal monument, the Delhi High Court on Monday upheld the rape charge against one of the convicts and set free the other with the sentence already undergone.

The trial court in 2005 had sentenced the convicts, Rahul and Amit, to life imprisonment, holding them guilty under Sections 376 (2) (g) (gang-rape), 392 (robbing the mobile phone of the victim) and 397 (robbery with attempt to cause grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.

However, it had acquitted another accused, Ashok, of the charge of harbouring the accused, and yet another accused, Mohan Lal, of the charge of dishonestly receiving stolen property from the accused, saying that the prosecution had not been able to prove the charges against them.

A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Suresh Kait on Monday dismissed the gang-rape charge against the two convicts.

However, it upheld the charge of rape against Rahul and dismissed his appeal challenging his conviction by the trial court.

As for Amit, it held him guilty of robbery and criminal intimidation.

However, it ordered his release from jail saying that his maximum sentence would be only the period of imprisonment he had already undergone.

“It cannot be said with certainty that Amit shared any common intention with Rahul and in furtherance thereof facilitated the prosecutrix being raped by Rahul. The submission of learned counsel for the State that in all probability Amit stood guard at the ground floor level to facilitate Rahul to satisfy his lust has to be rejected for the reason there is no evidence that Amit stood guard when the prosecutrix was forcibly taken upstairs,” the Bench said.

Juvenile

There were a total of six accused in the case, two of them juvenile.

They had pleaded guilty before a juvenile justice court in 2003.

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