The 888-page charge sheet against the men accused of gang raping an American student of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) included the statements of 55 witnesses apart from that of the victim and the accused, forensic reports and medical evidence.
The police had charged all the accused with gang rape since they were all present at the scene but none tried to save the student.
Of the 55 witnesses, 14 were policemen present during the panchnama.
Other witnesses included another student, Annie Brown, two rickshaw drivers who ferried the student and the accused to the flat where she alleged she was raped, the owner and staff of the bar they visited and residents of the building.
Brown had introduced the student to the men she accused of rape.
The charge sheet also had the statement of the student’s course coordinator, who took her to Rajawadi Hospital for medical examination.
On of the key witnesses was a friend (identity protected on court’s orders) she called from the flat. The witness said that on April 12, between 2am and 5.30am, he received a missed call from the student. When he called her back, the student told him the accused were “troubling her”.
The police said that while the student’s statement was the key to the case, the most important witnesses were Brown and the rickshaw drivers.