Shakti Mills Gang Rape Case: Advocate Deepak Salvi appointed as Special Public Prosecutor

On Monday, the state government informed Bombay High Court that they had appointed Advocate Deepak Salvi as Special Public Prosecutor in the Shakti Mills Gang Rape Case (August 2013)

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After Bombay High Court upheld the death sentence handed to the convicts of the Shakti Mills gang-rape case, the state government informed the court on June 24, Monday about the appointment of Advocate Deepak Salvi as Special Public Prosecutor for the case.

Earlier, after the court had upheld the death sentence for the accused, Maharashtra state government had filed a petition to not uphold the decision and punish them with death under Section 376E. After which, the court had begun the hearing for the petition. 

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What had happened?

A 22-year-old photojournalist was gang-raped by five adult men and two juveniles in August 2013. Three of the accused were found to have raped a 19-year-old telephone operator at Shakti Mills compound, as well.

After the conviction of the accused, the prosecution in the case moved to add Section 376E to three repeat offenders — Vijay Jadhav, Mohammad Qasim Shaikh, and Mohammad Salim Ansari. The court awarded death penalty to these three in 2014 which was upheld later.

Accordingly, now the regular hearings for the petition will begin in August.

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