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Delhi gang-rape: verdict against others soon as trial may end next week

The trial against the four adult accused in the December 16 gang rape case is likely to conclude next week. A special fast track court is hearing the final arguments and is set to fix the case for pronouncement of verdict.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2013 01:25 IST
Harish V Nair
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The trial against the four adult accused in the December 16 gang rape case is likely to conclude next week. A special fast track court is hearing the final arguments and is set to fix the case for pronouncement of verdict.

The court had earlier recorded the statements of 83 witnesses produced by the prosecution and all of them stood by their statements. The defence produced nine witnesses.

The crucial prosecution witnesses were the male friend of the victim, her mother, the investigating officer, the magistrate who recorded the dying declaration of the victim, policemen, doctors at Safdarjung hospital where she was initially admitted and DNA experts.

Doctors from the Singapore hospital, who treated her subsequently and conducted her post-mortem, said the injuries on her body were sufficient to cause death.

Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna began the trial on February 2 by charging the five accused — Ram Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh — with 13 offences. The charges included gang rape, murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, attempt to murder, dacoity, destruction of evidence and conspiracy. Trial against Ram Singh abated after he committed suicide in Tihar jail on March 11.

Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan told the court that DNA and forensic evidence had “conclusively established” the involvement of each of the accused in the crime.

Krishnan said the accused targeted the victims, including the girl, in their “quest for sexual satisfaction and loot”. He said the girl clearly gave details of the incident in the bus (in her three dying declarations) and the brutality was grotesque to say the least.

Accused’s defence

Defence lawyers claimed none of the accused were in the bus and that they were framed using “fabricated” and “planted” evidence. Vinay and Pawan claimed they had gone to a music event in a DDA district park at Hauz Khas in south Delhi. However, the accused’s claim was rejected by the prosecution witnesses.

Akshay said he was not in the bus and had left for his village in Bihar, a day prior to the incident. Mukesh, during his deposition, had said he was driving the bus in which the girl was sexually assaulted and her male friend was brutally attacked by his brother Ram Singh, Vinay, Pawan, Akshay and the juvenile.

The other three refuted Mukesh’s statement and claimed innocence, saying they were not in the bus.