STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 15 July
A city court today framed charges of kidnapping and dacoity against the four accused of 16 December gangrape for robbing a carpenter before brutally raping the 23-year-old girl in a moving bus.
 Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash framed the charges under Section 395 (dacoity) and 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine a person) of IPC against Akshay Kumar Singh, Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma.
According to the prosecution, six persons, including a juvenile, had allegedly beaten up and robbed a carpenter before raping and assaulting the 23-year-old girl on 16 December last year.
 However, while the accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail on 11 March, the juvenile is facing proceedings in the gang rape and murder case before Juvenile Justice Board.
 The court fixed the date for further proceeding in this case for 23 July for recording testimonies of prosecution witnesses after they pleaded not guilty to the charges and claimed trial.
"It is alleged that on 16 December, 2012 at about 8.45 pm at Munirka bus stand or road leading towards IIT flyover, you all (Akshay, Mukesh, Pawan and Vinay) in furtherance of your common intention along with one Ram Singh (since deceased) and one (juvenile), kidnapped or abducted Ram Adhar (carpenter) with intent to cause Ram Adhar to be secretly and wrongfully confined and you all thereby committed an offence punishable under section 365/34 IPC and within the cognisance of this court," said the court.
The court also framed charges against them for offences punishable under sections 342 (wrongfully confining any person), 394 (person voluntarily causing hurt in committing or attempting to commit robbery), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property knowing that it was obtained by dacoity) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.
The police, in its 15-page chargesheet filed on 15 March in the robbery case, alleged that bus driver, Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay, along with the juvenile, had snatched 35-year-old carpenter Ram Adhar’s mobile phone and Rs 1,500 after luring him into the bus.