Statements of almost 30 witnesses, including policemen, doctors and some passengers, remain to be recorded in the alleged Moga molestation and death case.
Five of the key nine witnesses who have recorded their statement in a Moga court so far have turned hostile.
A 13-year-old girl Arshdeep Kaur had died after being allegedly pushed out of an Orbit bus co-owned by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal last year in April. Four persons, all Orbit staffers, are in jail in the case.
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On Friday, the defence counsel, during the hearing, argued that they have yet not been provided the copy of the postmortem report by the public prosecutor.
The additional district and session judge Rajinder Aggarwal directed the public prosecutor to provide the defence with a copy of the post-mortem examination report, terming it as ‘right of the defence party’. The next hearing has now been scheduled for July 12.
The trial, which started on December 11 last, has seen prime witnesses — Arshdeep’s mother (Shinder Kaur), father (Sukhdev Singh), brother (Akashdeep Singh) and two others (Sukhwinder Singh and Balraj Singh) turning hostile.
Lakhvir Singh, the public prosecutor, said, “We are trying out best to get justice for the 13-year-old victim but witnesses are turning hostile in this case. Still, almost 30 witnesses are yet to be recorded.”