Delhi rape case moved to fast-track court

The case of five men charged with the vicious gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus in December, which led to her death, has been moved to a fast-track court for trial.

The case will get under way on Monday, with additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna on the bench. If convicted, the men could face the death penalty.

The case was committed to the additional sessions judge by metropolitan magistrate Namrita Agarwal, who conducted the proceedings in camera. All the accused were on Thursday supplied with documents related to the case.

A sixth suspect, who has been found to be under 18, will be tried separately in a juvenile court.

The five accused have been named as Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur.

The lawyer for Ram Singh said he would file a petition arguing for the case to be transferred out of Delhi, fearing that the proceedings might be prejudiced because of the intense media interest.