The Straits Times
Published on Jan 10, 2013

'Fast-track court' to take over New Delhi gang-rape case


NEW DELHI (AFP) - The case against five Indian men charged with the gang-rape and murder of a student was set to be moved to a fast-track court, after a lawyer said three of the accused would deny the charges.

The five are all due to make their second appearance before a district court in New Delhi after their first appearance on Monday was marred by chaotic scenes that led the presiding magistrate to order the court to be cleared.

A senior court officer said on Monday the case would be transferred to a fast-track trial court during Thursday's hearing, which would take place behind closed doors, as is standard here in rape cases.

Three of the accused will be defended by the lawyer M.L. Sharma, who has said his clients will plead not guilty when the case reaches the fast-track court.