The City Court was informed by the Delhi police that the juvenile victim died as a result of suffocation during an assault by the accused people and that their presence at the crime site was confirmed by CCTV video and CDR on file.
The Investigating Officer relied on the disclosure statements of co-accused individuals in his reply, which said that the accused Radhey Shyam and Kuldeep Singh had forced the victim to lie and raped her, with Radhey Shyam keeping his hand on her lips, causing her death by asphyxiation.
Further, it was informed to the Additional Sessions Judge Ashutosh Kumar that the accused were seen by the witness prosecution as shown by their testimonies recorded under Sections 161 and 164 of the CrPC.
The court was also informed that all four accused people assembled at the cremation grounds with the purpose of cremating the victim’s body in order to destroy evidence of her rape and murder.
After the victim’s parents approached the High Court requesting an update on the investigation, the court requested a progress report. The SIT probe and judicial inquiry into alleged errors in administrative activity, which resulted in the filing of a delayed FIR, were both overseen by the court.
On Tuesday, the court awarded further interim compensation of Rs. 2,50,000 in favour of the victim’s mother under the Delhi Victim Compensation Scheme, 2018 at the time of the hearing.
A case has been registered against four accused, namely Kuldeep Singh, Laxmi Narayan, Radhey Shyam, and Salim Ahmad, by the Delhi police. Sections 302, 304, 376, 341, 506, 201, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, as well as Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Section 3 of the SC/ST Act, have been used to charge the accused.