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4:31 pm - Sunday April 20, 2014

First hearing on Delhi gangrape disrupted

Agencies, New Delhi
Distrik Court ComplexA Delhi court today ordered in-camera proceedings in closed doors with no media access in the December 16 gangrape case following chaos in the courtroom when the five accused were to be produced for the very first hearing.

Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal said, “An unprecedented situation arises when members of bar and public persons not connected with the case also have started converging the courtroom No 207 where the present matter is going on since 12 noon.
The courtroom has become jampacked with lots of disturbance created from different nooks and corners,” observed the court adding that it has become impossible to proceed in the case.
“I am passing order for in-camera proceeding. It shall not be lawful to print and publish any article in media without court permission,” she said.

Five of the six men accused in the gangrape of a 23-year-old had arrived in the Saket district court premises here but could not be presented before the metropolitan magistrate as the courtroom was too crowded.
The sixth accused, who is 17 years and six months old according to his school certificates, will be presented before a juvenile justice board.

The court then said it would not hear the case unless the crowd dispersed. The metropolitan magistrate said that there was no space in the courtroom to present the five accused and left for her chamber.

A number security personnel were also deployed inside the courtroom for security.
Meanwhile, advocates, who had come forward to defend the accused, faced opposition from a group of lawyers delaying the start of proceedings in the packed courtroom before lunch time.

The stuffy room with space for no more than 30 chairs, was jampacked.

Posted in: Nation

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