Delhi gangrape: Police files chargesheet, wants FIR sealed, victim's identity kept hidden and in-camera proceedings

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Eighteen days after the horrific gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student, Delhi Police today filed its chargesheet in a court here against five men arrested in the case, slapping on them murder, rape, kidnapping and other charges.

The victim, who was gangraped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus in the capital died on December 29 in a Singapore hospital.

The five accused, Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh and their accomplices Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur have been chargesheeted for the offences of murder, gangrape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, dacoity, hurting in committing robbery, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and common intention under the Indian Penal Code.

The sixth accused is a juvenile and proceedings against him will be conducted by the Juvenile Justice Board.

In the 33-page chargesheet, the role of the juvenile offender is also elaborated.

The police filed the chargesheet along with bulky documents, with many in sealed covers, in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Surya Malik Grover who posted it for consideration on January 5.

The Delhi Police has sought direction for not disclosing the content of the FIR and for keeping it and other documents in sealed covers to protect the identity of the victim.

Police said it will also place before the court the chargesheet in electronic form.

Police also urged the court to hold in-camera proceedings away from public glare.

The chargesheet was filed before the duty magistrate at 17.30 hours, 30 minutes after the normal court hours.

This prompted the judge to ask the public prosecutor for the reason behind filing the chargesheet at the late hour.

Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said the investigators took time to put bulky documents along with the chargesheet in an orderly manner.

Later, he told reporters that the chargesheet will be filed against the juvenile offender shortly.

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