The special court relied heavily on the testimony of the victim’s male friend to hand the death sentence to the four accused but the prosecution is unhappy with his conduct ever since the trial began.
“His interview to a TV channel in which he made some reckless statements against the police just after filing of the chargesheet could have been avoided. The accused tried to use it to their benefit but failed,” prosecution sources said.
The friend had, in the interview, said the police began fighting over jurisdiction rather than taking immediate steps to take the victim to hospital and wasted more than two hours in the process.
“The defence refused to cross-examine witnesses till they were allowed to use the CD as evidence and we had to approach the Supreme Court to get the order of the HC allowing it. This delayed the trial,” the source said.