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Court rejects plea to summon MPs as defence witnesses

Gangrape trial: Vinay’s parents among 6 witnesses allowed in case

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: July 24, 2013 3:02 am

Dismissing a plea by December 16 gangrape accused Vinay Kumar to summon Mulayam Singh Yadav,Asaram Bapu and other persons as defence witnesses,the special fast track court hearing the matter has allowed him to call six persons,including his parents,as witnesses.

Vinay,in his plea,had claimed that he had not been present in the bus in which the 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped.

He claimed that he was at a musical programme at the local church with his family.

Vinay’s counsel A P Singh had also told the court that witnesses had made video recordings of the function which show Vinay’s presence there. Singh had submitted a list of 20 defence witnesses for the court’s consideration,including then Home Secretary R K Singh,Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary,RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat and MPs Mulayam Singh and Sharad Yadav,among others.

Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna in his order passed on Tuesday allowed the defence to summon only six witnesses,including one person who is said to have made a video of the entire musical programme. The court,however,dismissed the remaining witnesses as “irrelevant”,noting that they were neither relevant to decide the real dispute,nor were essential to serve the ends of justice.

The court also declined Vinay’s plea to call four persons who were reportedly present at the function,allowing him to call any two of them since they were required to depose “on similar facts” as Vinay’s parents.

Vinay had also claimed that he had been framed by accused Ram Singh,who died in Tihar Jail on March 11,and that he had not spent the evening on December 16 with Ram Singh because Singh had “eve teased” Vinay’s sister in the afternoon on the same day.

The court,however,did not allow Vinay’s sister to appear as a defence witness on his behalf,noting that “this fact is not in issue in the present case”.

The court has now summoned all the defence witnesses on Vinay’s behalf to appear before court on Wednesday.

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