The crucial cross-examination of the last witness in the Delhi gang rape case, a lady police officer who probed the gory incident, commenced in the fast track court conducting the trial.
The officer refuted the charge of the accused that a false case had been foisted on them at the behest of a criminal lawyer and an uncle of the victim’s male friend. She admitted that no public person could be enlisted as witness as “none agreed”.The officer, who is also the prime witness in the case, replied in the negative to a question that the victim’s initial statement was manipulated by her as the names of the accused were not mentioned in it.
“It is wrong to suggest that I met the maternal uncle (a criminal advocate) of the complainant (male friend of victim), in hospital. It is further wrong to suggest that the maternal uncle of the complainant, with an intention to save his nephew, had been requesting me to make a false case against the accused,” she said in the court of additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna.The sub-inspector, posted at Vasant Vihar police station, said during her cross-examination by the counsel of the accused Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur that she was told about the number of assailants in the bus.
“It is further wrong to suggest that the complainant had not told me about the number of the assailants (accused) in the bus. However, it is correct that he did not tell the registration number of the bus or the names of the accused persons,” she said to a question by the accused’s counsel.
On being asked why the police had not joined any public person as witness in the case, the IO said though she had “asked some public persons to join the investigation at the time of seizure of exhibits (evidence) in the hospital”, “none agreed”.