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Chargesheet against six accused within 10 days

In the next 10 days, a chargesheet will be filed against the six youngsters accused in the gang rape of an American student. The victim was a student at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, reports Rachna Pratihar.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2009 01:42 IST
Rachna Pratihar

In the next 10 days, a chargesheet will be filed against the six youngsters accused in the gang rape of an American student.

The victim was a student at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar.

“The investigation in the case is almost complete,” said Additional Police Commissioner Ritesh Kumar.

Kumar said they were waiting for the arrival of a few reports after which they would file the chargesheet.

He, however, did not specify what these reports were.

The victim, who was allegedly raped in the early hours of April 12, had lodged a complaint two days later.

She had accused six people — Dev Cyrus Colabawala (21), Anish Pradip Borkatki (22), Kundanraj Borgonain (22), Harshvardhan Yadav (22), Jaskaran Bhullar (20) and Vinamr Singh Soni (21) — of raping her.

On May 27, the judicial custody of the six accused was extended till June 10.

The police are also taking down expert opinion to ensure that there are no loopholes in the case, said a police official.

So far, all forensic reports in the case have been submitted to the Trombay police.

On Saturday, the Forensic Science Laboratory, Kalina sent its final report following examination of a memory card recovered from the digital camera of the accused.

“The data found on the card was authentic. There were photographs of the party that took place on the night of the incident,” said a forensic official.

The police recorded the victim’s statement before the metropolitan magistrate.

The statement, according to court authorities, was recorded before magistrate VG Petkar at the 11th Court in Kurla.

“The victim’s statement taken before the magistrate will make the prosecution’s side strong as it will now be admissible as evidence before the court,” said a court official.

“Since the victim is a foreigner, if she leaves the country, her statement would be useful in such a situation,” said another official.

The victim is staying at an undisclosed location with her relatives who came down from the US a few weeks ago.