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Change judge, prosecutor, says victim

Thirty-two months after she appeared in the court to depose against her alleged rapist, Abhishek Kasliwal (27), the victim wants the judge and the public prosecutor changed, reports Vignesh Iyer.

mumbai Updated: Sep 24, 2009 02:14 IST
Vignesh Iyer

Thirty-two months after she appeared in the court to depose against her alleged rapist, Abhishek Kasliwal (27), the victim wants the judge and the public prosecutor changed.

Kasliwal is the son of Ambuj Kasliwal promoters of the Rs 15,000-crore S Kumars group.

In a letter to Principal Judge MT Joshi, the 52-year-old victim, said that the trial is not conducted even when she comes all the way from Kolkata.

“She has said that sometimes the judge is absent while sometimes the public prosecutor remains absent,” said a source, requesting anonymity for lack of authorisation to talk to media.

The victim has also said that the case should be assigned to a new judge.

Special public prosecutor Usha Kiran Makasare told Hindustan Times: “I have not seen that application and it would be a premature stage to comment upon anything.”

This letter comes after the court adjourned the case for two months when the victim moved an application saying she is not well and had been advised rest by the doctors.

Kasliwal’s lawyer Samsher Garud told Hindustan Times, “I don’t know about such a development. We’ll go to court on the next scheduled date — October 8.”

Makasare has already examined the victim in which she had identified Kasliwal and had supported the prosecution’s case, while at present the defence is cross-examining her.