Special Court to hear Delhi Gang – Rape Case Opens Today
Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir will inaugurate the first of the five fast track courts at the Saket court complex here on Wednesday.
This fast track court, presided over by an Additional District Sessions Judge, will hear the Delhi gang – rape case. The inaugural function will be attended among others by Delhi High Court Chief Justice D. Murugesan.
“Besides Saket, four other fast track courts will simultaneously start functioning at the Rohini, Tis Hazari, Dwarka and Patiala House courts,” said Justice Murugesan.
The government has appointed advocate Dayan Krishnan as the special public prosecutor in the gang – rape case and the charge sheet is expected to be filed in a few days. Sources told The Hindu that the charge sheet would first be filed before the Magistrate concerned and, after the committal, the Saket fast track court would take up the case on a day – to – day basis.
The Administrative Committee of the Delhi High Court has issued directions to all Additional Sessions Judges in Delhi that cases of sexual assault on women be tried on a day – to – day basis from the date of commencement of the trial. The Delhi gang – rape case will also be conducted on a day – to – day basis to ensure speedy trial.
Justice Murugesan said the circular was issued on the basis of the letter he received from the Chief Justice of India requesting the Delhi High Court to take steps for speedy disposal of such cases.
Sources said the total number of cases relating to crime against women had been identified and they would be divided and allocated to each of the five courts for speedy trial.
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