A Delhi court has acquitted five persons of the charges of committing gang rape of an Uzbek woman by terming her testimony "doubtful".
"The star prosecution witness has not supported the case regarding the manner of occurance, its nature and also the identity of accused," Additional Sessions Judge Narottam Kaushal said.
The court acquitted Sunil Puri, Vinod Kumar, Deepak, Ravi Kumar and Bilas, all city residents of the charges of ravishing 27-year-old woman on February 14, 2000.
"In her cross-examination, she still did not support the prosecution case and deposed that none of the accused present in the court was involved in the occurance," the court noted.
It also termed her statement recorded at the Shalimar Bagh police station in North-West Delhi as "doubtful", stating that she did not understand English and her interpretor Trichieva Abron, first secretary counsellor in Uzbekistan embassy, did not appear in the court despite several opportunities.
Lending credence to her medical report, the court said that the doctor who had examined the woman had revealed no history of molestation or rape.
The prosecution, however, referred to presence of semen in the victim's vaginal smears to corrborate the charges, which the court rejected, saying that the same cannot be incriminating evidence as the woman had not levelled allegation of rape.
The Uzbek woman, on a tourist visa, was putting up at Suma Palace hotel at Karol Bagh in New Delhi at the time of the incident.