A week after the local court here awarded 20 years to three persons for gangrape and death of 20-year-old architecture student, one of the convicts, Dilpreet, has filed a criminal appeal against the deceased’s kin for giving ‘false statement’ before the court.
The court of additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla has issued notice to counsel of the complainant and the case’s hearing is on February 18.
The daughter of the owner of Sector 22-based eatery, studied at a Sector 34 institute. The court had held Rajat Beniwal, Kamal Singh and Dilpreet guilty for gangrape and death of the victim who died due to drug overdose.
The application filed under Section 340 of CrPC for taking action against the complainant for offences under Section 211(2) (false charge of offence made with intent to injure), 199 (false statement made in declaration which is by law receivable as evidence) and 200 ( using as true such declaration knowing it to be false) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), it has been alleged that Dilpreet was falsely implicated in this matter. It also states that none of the names of the convicts were mentioned in the FIR.
Dilpreet’s counsel, Terminder Singh, also said, “We have also pointed out that on October 17, the deceased had called Dilpreet and sent him SMS, and also called her mother. But none of this was verified.” One of Joginder Singh’s statements where he stated that ‘he wasn’t aware that his wife and elder daughter were on visiting terms with Dilpreet, has also been reproduced in application.
Counsel of the complainant Manish Dewan said, “This complaint was filed by the accused with a motive to presurize the complainant and his son who is a brother of deceased girl to resile from their statements . At this stage, it is only a harassment to the parents of the deceased.”
The victim’s body was found in a drain on Rajpura Road near Shambhu barrier, 8km from Ambala, on October 21, 2014, though she had died two days earlier. Rajat Beniwal, a resident of Sector 51, was a student at the evening college, PU, Kamal owned a dhaba in Sector 37-D, while Dilpreet was pursuing interior designing at the time of the incident.