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Mumbai molestation: Govt to set up fast-track court
January 04, 2008 17:48 IST
Stating that the Mumbai molestation case involving two NRI women was "sensitive", Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil on Friday said that his government would seek setting up a fast-track court for expeditious trial in the matter.
"It is a sensitive matter and we have got nearly all the accused persons in the case. Those guilty shall be given a severe punishment and without wasting any time. We will request the High Court for permission to set up a fast track court," Patil, who also holds the Home portfolio said.
Maharashtra will also write to the Centre for an enhancement of punishment in crimes like molestation.
He, however, said that it was a "routine review" meeting, where the law and order situation in the city and other issues were discussed, but appealed that the Juhu incident not be discussed as all the accused have been held.
Patil also admitted that the police was late in filing complaint in the incident.
"We cannot come to a conclusion saying that nobody follows the law in Mumbai due to the antics of 5-6 people. Similarly, going into the lapses, if any, will demoralise the police force. We must rather work towards avoiding such incidents in the future."