The trial in a robbery case involving the December 16 gangrape accused on Tuesday commenced before a Delhi court which recorded statements of two police officers who were part of the probe into the case.
The court,which had on July 15 framed charges of kidnapping and dacoity against the four accused,recorded the statements of the two prosecution witnesses and listed the matter for hearing on July 30.
The court had put on trial accused Akshay Kumar Singh,Mukesh,Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma for the offences under various sections of the IPC,including Sections 395 (dacoity) and 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent to secretly and wrongfully to confine a person) for allegedly beating up and robbing a carpenter.
They are accused of having committed the robbery before raping and assaulting a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in South Delhi on December 16.
The paramedical student had died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.
Besides them,a juvenile,who is facing proceedings in the gangrape and murder case before Juvenile Justice Board,was recently convicted by the JJB in the robbery case.
During the recording of statement today,Delhi Police officer Ravinder Singh told Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash that there was no delay in registration of FIR in the case.
He denied the suggestions of counsel Asim Ali,who appeared for the four accused,that the FIR was lodged at Vasant Vihar police station on December 18 last year on instructions of an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).
I myself have not seen the complainant in the police station at that time. Senior police officers were not present in the police station at the time of recording of the FIR. There was no delay in the registration of FIR, Singh said.
It is incorrect to suggest that the FIR was registered on the direction and instructions of ACP. It is incorrect to suggest that I am deposing falsely, he said.