Charges may include bid to run bus over gang-rape victim
New Delhi: Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which the Dec 16 gang-rape took place, was the brain behind the brutal assault after which he tried to run the vehicle over the victim, and this would be included in the charge sheet, police sources said Tuesday.
A nearly 1,000-page formal set of charges, likely to be filed in a court here Jan 3, is being made and would indicate that "the accused also tried to drive the bus over the rape victim and her male friend. Her friend pulled her to safety, just in time", said a police officer, refusing to be named.
Investigators have collected the forensic reports which mentioned that the woman bit three of the men who assaulted her. The bite marks on them are likely to be part of the prosecution evidence, he said.
The charge sheet would mention Indian Penal Code (IPC) provisions dealing with murder, gang-rape, sodomy, robbery, dacoity, attempt to murder, abduction and destruction of evidence, the officer said.
The formal set of charges would also rely on the victim's statements, made to two different judges in hospital, he said.
The charge sheet may highlight that Ram Singh, a short tempered man involved in criminal cases in the past, was instrumental in assaulting the 23-year-old victim and her 28-year-old friend with iron rod with the help of co-accused Akshay Thakur and a minor, the officer said.
Mumbai Police rejected Chennai Super Kings (CSK) boss Gurunath Meiyappan's plea to give him time till May 27 to appear before its crime branch for questioning with regard to his role in betting and spot fixing in the current edition of the IPL.
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