Court to consider plea to move Delhi gang-rape trial
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider a plea by defence counsel to transfer the trial of five men accused of a fatal gang-rape out of the capital New Delhi.
The court said it would hear the plea on Tuesday after Mr M.L. Sharma, counsel for defendant Mukesh Singh, said it would be impossible for his client to receive a fair hearing in the same city where the Dec 16 attack took place.
Anger over the killing of the 23-year-old student "has gone into the root of each home in Delhi" and "he cannot get justice in Delhi", said the petition presented by Mr Sharma on behalf of his client.
The trial of the five men was due to open later on Monday in a special "fast-track" court established to deliver speedy justice.