A fast track court on Saturday framed charges against five accused in the December 16 Delhi gang rape case. The five accused bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Singh have been charged under 13 sections of the Indian Penal Code.
The role of sixth accused, being a minor, will be looked into by a Juvenile Justice Board .
Police have charged the five accused under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt).
The accused will now face trial for which maximum sentence is death. The trial in the case would begin on February 5 and recording of evidence in the case would start.
“After the judge read out the charges, the five pleaded not guilty and walked out,” said AP Singh, a lawyer defending two of the accused, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur.
Singh said the prosecution will call three witnesses to the next hearing on Tuesday, which is the formal start of the trial.