December 16 gang rape accused’s father tutored: cops
A special court on Tuesday resumed trial in the December 16 gang rape case after a week with the police alleging the father of one of the accused had deposed falsely.Updated: Aug 07, 2013 01:42 IST
A special court on Tuesday resumed trial in the December 16 gang rape case after a week with the police alleging the father of one of the accused had deposed falsely.
Additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna recorded the statement of two defence witnesses on behalf of Akshay Thakur, one of the accused.
Special public prosecutor Dayan Krishnan, during the cross-examination of Akshay’s father and an auto driver as defence witnesses, said both were tutored.
But the father of the accused refuted the prosecution claim.
He said, “It is wrong to suggest that I have concocted a false story regarding the presence of my son (an accused in the case) at my village on December 16, 2012 and also tutored other defence witnesses to depose at my behest in order to save my son Akshay.”
“It is wrong to suggest that on the night of the incident , my son was in Delhi and was part of the group of persons who had allegedly gang-raped the girl,” Akshay’s father claimed.
He denied the police claim that his son was among the six persons who had raped a 23-year-old girl on a moving bus here.
Appearing as defence witness, the auto driver claimed that he had picked Akshay from the railway station on the morning of December 16 last year and took him to his village at Aurangabad in Bihar.
Accused Akshay had claimed he was not on the bus when the incident occured and had had left Delhi by train prior to the sexual assault.