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Delhi court to pronounce verdict today in December 16 gangrape case

In a fast-paced trial, the verdict will be pronounced a little more than eight months after the horrific incident on December 16, 2012.

A fast track court will on Tuesday pronounce its verdict in the December 16 gangrape case. Four men — Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay and Pawan — are accused in the case. A fifth accused, Ram Singh (Mukesh’s brother), was found dead in his Tihar jail cell in March this year.

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Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna had, on September 3, reserved his order for September 10 after the prosecution and defence closed their arguments.

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A day before the verdict, parents of Mukesh and Ram Singh reached the city on Monday from a village in Karauli, Rajasthan, 300 km from the national capital. They are staying at their third son Suresh’s house in South Delhi.

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The couple, Mangelal and Kalyani Devi, both in their seventies, said they would be present in court when the verdict is pronounced.

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“I have lost one of my sons. Had he been punished by the court, it would have been a different matter but he died a mysterious death inside the prison. Mukesh has confessed he was only driving the bus. I pray that the judiciary will show leniency,” Mangelal said.

A week after the arrests of Ram Singh and Mukesh, the couple left their hut in Ravi Dass Colony here. While Mangelal returned to his village a month ago, Kalyani Devi stayed back with her third son, following every update in the case. The couple had last met Mukesh about a month ago in the fast track court.

In a fast-paced trial, the verdict will be pronounced a little more than eight months after the horrific incident on December 16, 2012.

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