Delhi Minor Rape: Court Takes Cognisance of Chargesheet, Hearing on September 29

The Patiala House court also issued production warrants against the four accused.

New Delhi: Taking cognisance of the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in the rape and murder case of a nine-year-old Delhi girl in August, a Delhi court issued production warrants against the accused, according to LiveLaw.in.

Additional sessions judge of Patiala House court, Justice Ashutosh Kumar, listed the matter for further hearing on September 29.

The chargesheet identified Kuldeep Singh, Laxmi Narayan, Radhey Shyam and Salim Ahmad as the accused based on the complaint of the girl’s mother that her daughter was raped, murdered and was cremated without the family’s consent. The four accused are currently in judicial custody.

A supplementary chargesheet, containing the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report, likely to be filed in the next 15 days, according to the Times of India.

The present chargesheet included a report from the special investigation team, formed by the Delhi crime branch, for a speedy and professional investigation into the case.

“During the investigation, scientific, technical and other evidence was gathered and analysed, besides recording statements of relevant witnesses. Assistance was also taken from Forensic Science Laboratory, Rohini, as well as Delhi Police’s Forensic experts on biology and odontology,” a senior police official said.

The accused have been booked under Sections 302 (punishment for murder), 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 376 (punishment for rape), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of office) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, along with Section 6 (punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The Delhi high court had recently sought a report from investigating authorities on the status of the investigation after the girl’s parents filed a plea in the court for forming a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case, alleged lapses from the administrative and the delayed filing of an FIR (first information report).

Earlier, a Delhi court ordered Rs 2.5 lakh in the form of interim compensation to be paid to the victim’s family after an application was moved under Section 357A of CrPC.

On August 1, the nine-year-old was raped and murdered in the Delhi Cantonment area by a priest and three employees of a crematorium in southwest Delhi.