Gangrape accused to SC: Shift trial out of Delhi

Delhi gang rape

Mukesh is worried about getting killed in a fake police encounter, the petition says

In a petition that terms the magistrate "biased" and the judiciary "under pressure" to pass adverse orders, one of the six accused in the December 16 Delhi gangrape case has approached the Supreme Court, asking that the trial be shifted out of Delhi to either Mathura in UP or any other state.

"Sentiments have gone to the root of each home in Delhi. Even the judicial officers and the state is not spared. In these circumstances, the petitioner cannot get justice in Delhi at all. Due to regular agitation, police as well as judicial officials are also under pressure to pass an order, according to the demand of the agitators," stated the transfer petition filed on behalf of Mukesh, who has been charged with murder, gangrape and unnatural offences in the case.

The petition, filed through his advocate M L Sharma, further claimed that there were some adverse comments from the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court judges on this case and these seriously affected the mind of the trial court judge and, hence, Mukesh cannot get a fair trial.

"Local police authorities, jail authorities and the public prosecutor have conducted themselves in a manner, which reflects a total bias and prejudice against the accused," reads the petition, adding that Mukesh feared for his life in the current scenario and was apprehensive of getting killed in a fake police encounter.

"The case has been assigned to the fast-track court, which is going to start from January 21 and due to media reports and agitations and due to political statements and personal interest shown by the chief minister as well as various cabinet ministers, the judiciary is under pressure to work against the petitioner. Therefore, the petitioner has filed the petition for transfer," it said.

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