he was waiting to read the police charge sheet before formulating a defense strategy. He did say that he intended to scrutinize the thoroughness of the police investigation in the case, saying it
was “not done properly.”
However, it remained unclear if Mr. Sharma ultimately would represent the accused. Anotherlawyer, V.K. Anand, has also said he is representing Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which the23-year-old victim was raped and assaulted for 45 minutes before being stripped and thrown outon a highway. Mr. Anand said he had spoken with Mr. Singh for an hour and a half on Tuesday inTihar Jail, where the accused are being held, and was convinced of his innocence.
“He should definitely be represented,” Mr. Anand said. “The reason is, whatever is coming in the
media, whatever stories are coming from other corners and sources are
Both lawyers said they would hand in their appointment letters, known as “vakalatnamas,” to a
magistrate on Thursday.On Monday, shortly before the five suspects appeared in a south Delhi court, Mr. Sharma andMr. Anand informed the court about their offer to represent the accused during a chaoticcourtroom scene in which other lawyers tried to shout them down. The disarray prompted themagistrate to order journalists, lawyers and others not connected to the case to leave thecourtroom.
The magistrate, Namrita Aggarwal, issued an order declaring that the inquiry and trial will be “incamera,” permitting only those directly involved to enter the court. On the request of the special
public prosecutor, Rajeev Mohan, the magistrate also prohibited journalists from printing orpublishing any information about the proceedings.In passing the order, Judge Aggarwal argued that the crowds pressing inside the courtroom made
it “completely impossible” to function. She also said that the police f
eared for the safety of theaccused.The matter will come up again on Thursday, when the magistrate is expected to hand the caseover to a trial judge in a so-called fast-track court. The Indian police and judiciary are usually notorious for their slow response and delays. But given the national outrage over this case, the