Draft charges submitted in court

Once a draft charge is discussed before the court,a copy of it is served to the defence that can argue over the application of the sections pressed by the prosecution.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: October 11, 2013 1:10:49 am

The prosecution on Thursday submitted a draft of charges to be framed against the accused in the case of gangrape of a photojournalist on August 22 inside the abandoned Shakti Mills compound in Mahalaxmi. The prosecution submitted 12 charges against the four arrested youths. The fifth accused,a juvenile,will face a separate trial before the Juvenile Justice Board.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam,terming the act dastardly,opened the proceedings explaining each charge against the accused. “I have no adjectives to explain this gruesome act,” Nikam said.

“The accused operated inside a dilapidated structure of Shakti mills,targeted women and sexually assaulted them,” Nikam added.

The accused — Vijay Jadhav (18),Siraj Khan (24),Mohammad Kasim Shaikh (20),Mohammad Salim Ansari (27) and the juvenile — had allegedly taken turns to rape the girl.

“They showed her pornographic video clips and forced her to indulge in oral sex,” Nikam told the court. The accused,except Khan and the juvenile,have also been booked for the gangrape of a 19-year-old telephone operator on July 31.

All the accused face charges under several sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Once a draft charge is discussed before the court,a copy of it is served to the defence that can argue over the application of the sections pressed by the prosecution,before the court accepts or amends the charges. Once charges are framed,the trial commences. The court had earlier said the trial would be concluded at the earliest.

Charges against the accused are likely to be framed on Friday.

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