Noida rape case falling apart?
Barely a month after the Noida police arrested 11 men for allegedly abducting and raping a 24-year-old MBA student on January 5, their case against the accused seems to be full of loopholes.india Updated: Feb 10, 2009 00:05 IST
Barely a month after the Noida police arrested 11 men for allegedly abducting and raping a 24-year-old MBA student on January 5, their case against the accused seems to be full of loopholes.
The police are yet to send DNA samples of the accused for medical examination that could prove their crime and presence at the crime site.
Further, a city court hearing the case rebuked the Noida police for clubbing charges under the stringent Gangster Act against the accused along with rape charges.
The court pointed out to the police’s counsel that they needed to prosecute the accused under the Gangster Act in the designated court located in Ghaziabad. The police, who are yet to seek custody of the accused under the Gangster Act, now claim that the course directed by the court would help them in wrapping up fast their case against the 11 men.
“We will now press charges under the Gangster Act separately against the accused at the Ghaziabad court. By not pressing the charges under this Act in the rape case, we can actually speed up the process to put the 11 rapists to trial in a fast track court,” said a case investigator who requested anonymity since he is not authorised to talk to the media.
Another sign of the police’s clumsy handling of the case: the investigators have sought the court’s permission to take a
second set of fingerprint samples of the accused, since the first set did not match with those found at the crime site, including the victim’s car.
Deputy superintendent of Noida police R.N. Mishra said, “The forensic department said the fingerprints were not clear and identification was not possible through such smudged, useless samples. We have moved an application for seeking fresh fingerprints from the court.
Meanwhile, a court today recorded the statement of the victim and her male friend under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Court.