Be extra-sensitive while questioning victim’s mother: Court to defence

The court stopped a defence counsel from asking her questions about her daughter’s life.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published: May 18, 2013 2:10 am

The mother of the December 16 gangrape victim was produced before the special fast-track court of Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna,as a prosecution witness,on Friday. The court stopped a defence counsel from asking her questions about her daughter’s life.

The judge asked AP Singh,counsel for accused Vinay and Akshay,to concentrate on the incident and limit his questions to the day of the incident. The judge said: “Don’t ask questions which may hurt her sentiments. Please ask questions that are absolutely relevant.”

When Singh asked the victim’s mother about her daughter’s daily routine,when she returned home and whether she had visited a beauty parlour before December 16,the judge said: “How does the routine of the victim matter here? She had come home to spend her holidays. I know why these questions are being put up and how it will be linked,so I am not going to allow this. Please concentrate on the day of the incident and limit your questions to that.”

Advocate V K Anand,appearing for accused Mukesh,did not cross-examine the victim’s mother. He told the court that any questions related to the victim may upset her.

In her deposition,the victim’s mother told the court that on December 16,her daughter left the house at 4 pm,informing her that she would shop and watch a movie with a friend. Around 11.15 pm,she received a call from the PCR,asking her to visit Safdarjung Hospital as soon as possible.

She said the victim was pursuing a course in Dehradun and had come to Delhi in November 2012 to spend her vacation with the family. To one of the questions,she answered that she knew the complainant in the case for the last two years and had also spoken to him over the phone prior to the incident.

At the end of the cross-questioning,the victim’s mother folded her hands and asked for justice for her daughter.

Meanwhile,a CFSL official also deposed before the court. He testified that video footage from CCTV cameras of hotels shows the bus with ‘Yadav’ written on it,in which the victim was raped by six men. The defence counsel suggested that the CD displayed in the court was not clear and evidence had been tampered with.

“The CD has been prepared in the mixing studio,the footage is not original. The footage was tampered with,the CD was first prepared and then sent for examination,” V K Anand,appearing for accused Mukesh,said.

Fracture in vinay’s arm: Report

A medical report submitted in court states that gangrape accused Vinay Sharma was diagnosed with a fractured capitulum of right humerus (arm) and a plaster was applied. He was reviewed by the orthopaedic specialist of the Central Jail Hospital and was referred on May 2 to the orthopaedic OPD of DDU hospital for review.

On May 4,he complained of high fever,sore throat,ulcers and was admitted to the jail hospital. Despite medication,his fever did not drop and he was referred to the DDU Hospital on May 8. “The patient was discharged and advised referral to a higher centre from DDU Hospital with the provisional diagnosis of pyrexia of unknown origin with bicytopenia on May 14 for further evaluation and treatment,” the report said. Vinay is admitted at the LN Hospital.

Vinay was also referred to GB Pant hospital cardiology department earlier,as he had chest pain. “He was found to be a low-risk candidate for coronary artery disease and was advised medication,” the report said. Vinay’s bone marrow test and biopsy was conducted and he is said to be stable now.

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