The judicial custody of five Jamia Millia Islamia University law students, accused of gang-raping a minor girl for over two months by keeping her in captivity, was on Thursday extended till January 16 by a Delhi court.
“The accused are remanded in 13 days of judicial custody. All the accused to be produced before the court on January 16, along with sixth accused (Prateek) in the case,” Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Rao said.
On Wednesday, the court had sent the sixth person arrested in the case to Tihar Jail under 14-day judicial custody to undergo identification test after he had agreed to it.
The police on December 4, 2012, had arrested five boys, Pulkit Chaudhary, Amandeep, Sharad Shekhar Tomar, Roopansu and Vikas Punia, all Jamia students, after a complaint was lodged at the Defence Colony police station in South Delhi on September 15 by the victim's mother.
Twenty-year-old Prateek Singh Choudhary was the sixth law student of the University to be arrested in the gang-rape case of the 16-year-old girl.
The girl's mother had told the police that her daughter, who was studying in standard XI, had not returned home after attending school on September 15.
Initially, a case of kidnapping was registered by the police, but after the girl was recovered earlier this month, she deposed that on September 15 she had accompanied her friend Amit Gautam to his flat where she was held captive and gang-raped.
The victim had told the police that she had gone to the flat in South Delhi to attend a party.
Chaudhary had reportedly threatened the girl to submit herself to him, claiming that he was a sub-inspector with the Delhi police.