Kamduni accused want woman judge to hear trial

In a new twist, the accused in the Kamduni rape-murder case has urged the Calcutta High Court that the trial be heard by a woman magistrate in the fast track court.

Appearing before the Bench of Justice Ashim Kumar Roy, the counsel of the eight accused, who have been arrested by the CID for the rape and murder of a 20-year-old college girl, said the trial be heard by a woman judge and not the present magistrate who is a male.

The counsel also proposed that the seventh fast-track court at the Barasat court has a woman judge and case could be transferred to it.

The High Court was hearing the petition filed by the CID's Investigating Officer in the case, urging the court to issue a directive to the fast-track court to wrap up the trial soon.

Meanwhile, when Justice Roy wanted to know if it could be possible to complete the trial within two months, the counsel of the accused said the two-month deadline should begin from the date of filing of the chargesheet.

However, the public prosecutor in the case, Manjit Singh, said it was not possible to wrap up the trial in that

period. The court will hear the case on Wednesday.

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