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Delhi gangrape: magistrates, doctor to testify

PTI  New Delhi, February 11, 2013
First Published: 21:18 IST(11/2/2013) | Last Updated: 11:52 IST(12/2/2013)

Three of the magistrates, who had recorded the statement of the five adult accused in the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in the national Capital on December 16, will testify before the fast track court in New Delhi today.

Additional sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, who is recording the statement of the prosecution witnesses in in-camera proceedings on daily basis, on Monday issued summons to the magistrates for testifying in the case on Tuesday. Two doctors from the AIIMS have also been called on Tuesday.

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The court's decision to record their statement came after it recorded the testimony of four people on Monday.

Two doctors from AIIMS and two officials from Indian bank and Axis Bank have recorded their  evidence on behalf of prosecution and were also cross examined by the counsel for accused bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Singh.

The bank officials gave evidence on the use of two ATMs of the victim after committing the crime.

Earlier, the male friend of the victim had testified as a prosecution witness as the sole eyewitness to the brutal assault and gangrape of the girl. He is yet to be cross examined by the defence.

The court has rejected the plea of the defence counsel, who wanted the interview of the victim's friend to a news channel, to be brought on record as it was a crucial evidence.

The defence counsel had deferred cross-examining the 28-year-old software engineer, who is the chief prosecution witness in the case. However, the boy will be called soon.

The details of the proceedings cannot be reported by the media as the court has imposed a ban on it under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code.

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