Mumbai gangrape case: Chargesheet likely to be filed this week

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Sketches of the accused Photo: PTI

Mumbai, 15 Sep (PTI) Speeding up legal proceedings in the photojournalist’s gangrape case that triggered nation-wide outrage, Mumbai police is all set file a chargesheet against the five accused in a couple of days.

“We are giving final touch to the chargesheet of the gangrape case with whatever evidence we have collected so far. We are working on filing it before a court concerned by 17 September. If we come across some more evidence at a later stage, we will file a supplementary charge sheet,” a crime branch official said. He added that the state’s legal department had also helped them ensure that there was no loophole in the charge sheet.

The move comes against the backdrop of clamour for speedy trial in the case. The victim was allegedly gang-raped by the five on the evening of 22 August when she had gone to the Shakti Mills compound with a male colleague on an assignment, the police said.

On 10 September, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil had stated that the Mumbai police would file a chargesheet in a week’s time.

The charge sheet will have the details of the victim’s ordeal, witnesses’ statements, crucial evidence collected from the spot, DNA analysis reports, phone call records and identification parade information, among others, the police said. They claimed that they had more than sufficient evidence against the five arrested accused – Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav, Mohammed Kasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bengali, Siraj Rehman Khan and a minor.

A strong piece of evidence is the DNA report which confirmed involvement of all the five accused. Officials from the Forensic Sciences Laboratories in Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad are expected to send their reports to the investigating authority soon. While the Mumbai and Delhi teams have focused on samples from the crime scene, the Ahmedabad team has recorded voice samples of the five accused.

The government wants the case to be fast-tracked so that the culprits are given harsh punishment at the earliest.

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