The trial in the December 16 gangrape case resumed after a one-week hiatus at fast-track court in the city on Tuesday. Defence witnesses on behalf of Akshay,one of the six accused in the case,corroborated the plea that Akshay was not present on the bus aboard which the alleged gangrape took place.
Akshay had earlier told the court that he had left for his village a day prior to the incident and was with his relatives when the incident took place. His alibi was corroborated by his father and an auto driver. Both these witnesses told Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna that Akshay,along with his sister-in-law and nephew,had reached their village in Bihar on December 16 and had later been picked up by police from the village.
The father told the court that police had detained him in the police station on December 20 when they came looking for his son and could not find him. He mentioned that he had been threatened from testifying in the court. He also alleged that Akshay had been taken by police for questioning on December 21. The father said he had approached the Superintendent of Police,Aurangabad,to find out his sons wherabouts three days later. The application which he submitted to the SP was also produced before the court. The prosecution observed that the application did not have any stamp or seal of the authorities who purportedly received the letter.
The other witness,who claimed to be the only auto-driver in the village,testified that he had ferried Akshay and his sister-in-law and nephew from the railway station to his home on the morning of December 16.
The prosecution asked him if he could divulge the details of other passengers ferried along with Akshay or other passengers ferried last month. The witness said that he did not remember these details. Thereupon the prosecution alleged that the witnesses had concocted a false story.
According to Akshays lawyer,his wife,sister-in-law and father-in-law shall be deposing on his behalf on Wednesday.
The fast-track court in Saket has so far recorded the testimonies of witnesses on behalf of co-accused Pawan and Vinay who claimed that the two were present at a music function on the night of the incident.
The testimony stands in contrast to the statement of accused Mukesh who told the court that he was driving the bus on the night of the incident and all five accused in the case were present at the back of the bus where the 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped. She succumbed to her injuries thirteen days later in a Singapore hospital.