The father of an accused in the December 16 gang-rape case told a special court in Delhi on Saturday that his son was not in the bus, in which a 23-year-old girl was gang-raped by six persons. Heera Lal, father of accused Pawan Gupta, defending his son before additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna, claimed his son is innocent and has been falsely implicated. Recording his statement as a defence witness in the case, Lal told the judge that Pawan has closed his shop in the afternoon on the day of the incident and left for home. "I asked my daughter about Pawan and she informed that his son had come to the jhuggi (house) and taken drink and chicken and thereafter had gone to the district park to attend some music function....I then went to the district park along with my brother-in-law in his car to bring Pawan. A musical programme was going on and I found my son lying on the bench," Lal said. He said that as Pawan was heavily drunk and was not in a position to walk, he and his brother-in-law had lifted him from the park and put him a car.
The gang-rape had led to massive protests in the Capital.