Delhi Police invoke murder charge against rape accused

People light candles during a protest against Delhi gang-rape case in Mumbai on Thursday. File Photo   | Photo Credit: PTI

A Delhi Police team had gone to Singapore to support the grieving family of the gang rape victim, and for investigation and necessary documentation.

The team comprised the Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Defence Colony sub-division and the Station House Officers of the Vasant Vihar and Safdarjung Enclave police stations.

While the post-mortem was conducted by a Singaporean medical team in the presence of Indian officials and the young woman’s relatives, the Delhi Police Crime Branch invoked the murder charge under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against the accused. “Section 302… has been added to the case,” Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dharmendra Kumar said.

The police said a Special Public Prosecutor of eminence was also appointed to conduct the trial in a fast-track court on a daily basis. The charge sheet is expected to be filed on January 3.

“Dayan Krishnan, an eminent lawyer and counsel in the Delhi High Court, will work as Special Public Prosecutor in the… case registered at the Vasant Vihar police station. Mr. Krishnan has himself volunteered to do it free of cost. He will be assisted by two juniors,” a police officer said.

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar tweeted: “Praying hard for the rape victim will ensure accused are given severest punishment and quickly. Reqst ppl to stay calm and maintain peace.”

It is learnt that some recoveries have been made at the instance of Akshay Singh, the last to be arrested, after he was sent back to police custody earlier this week. Some forensic reports are expected on Monday.

Ossification test

An ossification test was conducted on one of the arrested persons to verify his claims of being a juvenile. “The results of the test are expected to be in before January 3. However, if it comes after that and the claims are proven wrong, he will face trial in the same court along with other accused,” a senior police officer said.

Action against bus owner

The police are examining whether any action could be taken against Dinesh Yadav, owner of the bus on which the crime was committed, after reports emerged of the bus being challaned eight times and impounded six times in the past two years. It is also alleged that Mr. Yadav had deployed musclemen to intimidate staff members of some DTC buses plying on the same routes as his.

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