NEW DELHI: Five adults were ordered yesterday to stand trial in a fast-track court on charges of gang-raping and murdering a student on a bus in New Delhi, one of their defence lawyers said.
A magistrate sitting at a district court in the Saket area of southern Delhi committed the five defendants to a more senior sessions court which is authorised to handle such case and which will begin its hearings on Monday.
“The magistrate has committed the case to the sessions court which is fast-track,” Sadashiv Gupta, the lawyer for fruit-seller Pawan Kumar, told reporters outside the court.
Kumar and four other adults are all accused of murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping in connection with the attack on the 23-year-old medical student on December 16. The case against a sixth defendant, who says he is 17, is being heard separately by a juvenile court.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital from intestinal injuries sustained during the assault in which she was also violated with a rusting iron bar. A male companion, with whom she had spent the evening at the cinema, was also badly injured in the attack which ended when the pair were thrown off the bus.IANS