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Also during trial: Kin of accused granted five extra minutes of visiting time

Her eyes never left the courtroom door,while she clung to what seemed like a bundle of clothes.

Written by Sumegha Gulati | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2013 1:19 am

Her eyes never left the courtroom door,while she clung to what seemed like a bundle of clothes. Those watching her wondered what it was.

They found out later,when the judge allowed 60-year-old Ramvati to meet her son Vinay Sharma,co-accused in the December 16 Delhi gangrape,for an extra five minutes so that she could give him the clothes and the sweets that she had prepared especially for him. “

“I have come to meet him. I am seeing Vinay after so many days… I just wanted to give him a few clothes and gujia (sweet”),” Ramvati,accompanied by her daughter Priya,told Newsline outside the courtroom in Saket.

The Special court on Wednesday accepted the family’s application to visit Sharma for “five minutes extra”,a total of 10 minutes. His counsel is now planning to submit another application on Thursday to allow Sharma to appear for the Indian Air Force (IAF) examination to be held on April 7.”

“Sharma has already cleared a written exam for the IAF. We will now request the court to allow him to appear for the examination being held in Subroto Park,South Delhi. We are also planning to submit an application before the court to allow him to appear for his BA (1st year) examinations once the date-sheet is out,” lawyer AP Singh said.

Meanwhile,the Assistant Manager of Air India — a public witness in the case — was recalled for further cross examination on Wednesday. He is posted at the IGI cargo terminal when the coffin carrying the gangrape victim’s body,which was flown in from Singapore on December 29,was unloaded in his presence.

During the trial,the Air India official denied the claim made by an accused that the death certificate and other documents presented along with the victim’s body were manipulated.”

“I had seen the victim’s original passport but not the dates on the passport. I cannot comment on the contents of the documents. I do not know if the passport also contained visa documents,” the Air India employee said.

Further,he said he would not be able to comment on the content of documents prepared in Singapore. Two of the documents presented in court had been prepared in Singapore. The others were prepared in the country after the flight landed.

The counsel for accused Mukesh,Akshay Singh and Pawan Gupta’s told Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna that the death certificate was not issued by a medical practitioner.

The counsel claimed that the certificate was not called a “Death Certificate”,but a certificate of “registration of death”. He said that no date was mentioned under the signature of the official.

In response,the AI official said that though “there is no date beneath the signatures”,there were signatures on other parts of the death certificate.

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