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Dec 16 gangrape weapons were shown to us: doc

PTI  New Delhi, April 27, 2013
First Published: 19:35 IST(27/4/2013) | Last Updated: 19:36 IST(27/4/2013)

One of the doctors, who attendedto the December 16 gangrape victim, on Saturday told a fast track court in New Delhi that the "nature of injuries" suffered by her can be caused by the weapons that were shown to them by the police.

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The statement was made by the witness during his cross-examination by the counsel for accused Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta who had alleged the weapons were never shown to the doctors attending to the 23-year-old victim.

The girl, who was allegedly gangraped by Vinay, Akshay and Pawan along with three others in a moving bus here, died in a Singapore hospital on December 29, last year.

The doctor, who had performed surgery on the victim, also refuted the allegation that he was deposing falsely and said the weapons (iron rods) used to commit the crime were shown to the doctors attending to the girl.

"Looking at the nature of injuries suffered by the victim in her private parts, in my opinion (they) can be caused by the weapons produced," he told Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna who is hearing the case on a day-to-day basis.

The proceedings were marred by a heated exchange of words between Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan and defence counsel Vivek Sharma, after Sharma accused Krishnan of tutoring the witness.

Krishnan vehemently objected to the accusation, saying "they can't accuse me of tutoring if they don't know how to ask questions".

The doctor, however, clarified that in his opinion given to the police "I had stated that the weapons produced before us could cause the said injuries. I had not stated anywhere that the injuries were caused by these two weapons."  

The weapons were then produced in court and shown to the witness on the request of advocates Vivek Sharma and A P Singh, appearing for accused Pawan, Akshay and Vinay, as they wanted the doctor to identify the signatures on the rods.

The witness, after examining the rods, said that one of the signatures could be that of one of the doctors who had attended to the victim.

The witness also disagreed with the defence counsels' allegation that the doctors, attending to the victim, who signed an internal note had deliberately omitted to add the date and time below their signatures to help the police.

"It is wrong to suggest that we had not put the date and time on the internal note deliberately to help the police," the witness said.

On Friday, the defence counsel had alleged the victim had already died here in India and her body was shifted to the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore to avoid mob frenzy and agitation.

This allegation had been refuted by the witnesses, doctors from Safdarjung Hospital, who had also denied the accusation that the victim died due to the negligence of the medical team.

The court is at present conducting proceedings against four of the accused in the case in which it has recorded the statements of over 60 prosecution witnesses.

With the proceedings against the main accused Ram Singh having been abated after his death on March 11, the remaining four adult accused Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay and Pawan are facing trial in the case for rape and murder of the girl.

The sixth is a juvenile and is facing proceedings before the Juvenile Justice Board.


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