A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir listed the matter for Tuesday after the advocate for accused Mukesh pleaded for an urgent hearing on the ground that free and fair hearing is not possible in New Delhi because of strong public sentiment against him.
"The sentiment has gone into the root of each home in Delhi by which even the judicial officers and the state are not spared and in these circumstances, he cannot get justice in Delhi at all," reads the petition which was filed by Mukesh through his counsel.
The petition also said that "due to media reports and agitations and due to political statements and personal interest shown by the chief minister as well as various cabinet ministers, judiciary is under pressure to work against the petitioner."
The accused has sought transfer of the case to Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. There are six accused in the case including a juvenile.
Mukesh along with his five other accomplices had brutally raped a 23-year-old para-medical student and threw her out of a moving bus on Dec 16. Later, the girl passed away in a hospital in Singapore on Dec 29.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police has been armed with further evidences to nail the six accused. Along with cellphone records and testimony from the dying woman. A DNA investigation of bloodstained clothes and body swabs has linked all five men and the juvenile accused to the heinous crime.
(With PTI inputs)