Delhi gangrape: govt sends witness plea to Singapore

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Feb 09, 2013 00:14 IST

The Union home Ministry has sent a formal request to Singapore to put on the witness stand the three doctors who treated the medical student who was gangraped and assaulted by six people in mid-December.

New Delhi has also asked for medical records from Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth hospital where she died on December 29 morning for submission in the fast-track court.

The formal communication was sent last night under the mutual legal assistance treaty signed by the two countries in 2005.

A government official said the trial court would take the call on the nature of their deposition depending on the response from Singapore.

In case there are practical difficulties in the doctors’ appearing in person, the court could agree to record their statement and allow the defence to cross-examine them through video-conferencing.

The Indian High Commission is in touch with the authorities concerned, the official said, pointing out that a response from Singapore was expected early next week.

Two AIIMS doctors -- who examined the five adult accused in the case -- had testified in the case last week. The doctors who examined the 23-year-old medical student at Safdarjung hospital are also prosecution witnesses.


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