Currently at the bedside of his ailing father in Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Supreme Court lawyer Dayan Krishnan, who has been appointed as the special public prosecutor (SPP) in the dastardly rape and murder case of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi, mainly represents the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
He had prosecuted the highly influential accused in the Nitish Katara murder case and also opposed the bail plea by former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala in the corruption case. “I can’t talk now as the doctors have come to see my father. He is very ill. I’ll be back on Monday,” Dayan hurriedly told DNA.
Though Dayan’s colleagues at the bar differ on his capacity to deal with a case of medico’s rape and murder, there’s little doubt in their mind of his approach. He had assisted former solicitor general Gopal Subramanian in the 2001 Parliament House attack case and also appeared for the CBI in certain telecom scam cases though they are being dealt by UU Lalit, who had also appeared for actor Salman Khan before a court in Rajasthan that granted bail to the incarcerated Bollywood star.
The police have slapped murder charges as well as sections 201 (destruction of evidence), 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) and attempt to murder against the six accused including a juvenile who is a little short of 18 years in age.
The core job for Dayan would be to shake the conscious of the court to make it realise that the juvenile accused in fact had committed the gravest of grave offence in a most dastardly manner and that the extra ordinary situations, such as this, require extraordinary measures to bring home the fact that more than age, the innocence or lack of it of an accused must be considered while awarding exemplary punishment to him.