Court rejects request for transfer of trial in gang-rape case
Mumbai: The sessions court here on Monday rejected an application filed by the accused in the case related to gang-rape of a telephone operator at the Shakti Mills here on July 31, seeking transfer of trial to another court.
Principal Judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi rejected the application filed by Ashfaq Sheikh, Salim Ansari and Vijay Jadhav.
"The court has rejected the application filed by the accused," said defence lawyer Moin Khan.
Khan said the accused themselves had prepared and submitted the application. The application, he said, stated that some of the questions put by the defense lawyers were not brought on record by the judge.
"We will move the Bombay High Court shortly," Khan said.
Mohammed Ashfaq Sheikh, Mohamed Kasim Hafiz Sheikh alias Kasim Bangali, Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav, and a minor youth were arrested in this case.
After the July 31 incident, a photojournalist interning with an English magazine was gang-raped by five persons in the same premises on August 20.
Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali, Salim Ansari and Siraj Rehman are the accused in the second case (apart from another minor youth whose trial has been separated).
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