‘Produce final defence witness tomorrow’

Concluding arguments on Aug 22,defence counsel says witness afraid due to ‘police threats’

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 20, 2013 12:47 am

A city court hearing the Delhi gangrape case on Monday gave an ultimatum to the defence to produce the final witness in the case by Wednesday,a day prior to the final arguments on August 22. The order was passed by the court after a no-show by the witness on Monday,under alleged threats by Delhi Police.

The court last week had allowed the defence counsels in the case to produce two additional witnesses and close evidence by Monday. Only one witness,a grocer,deposed on behalf of Pawan on Monday.

He said he had seen Pawan being brought to Ravidass Camp in a van at 9.30 pm on December 16 and was told that he was drunk. His testimony corroborates Pawan’s alibi that he was drunk on the night of the incident and was brought home from a music function.

Vinay’s counsel alleged in court that the last witness in the case,to be produced on behalf of Vinay,is “afraid” of deposing in court owing to alleged threats by Delhi Police.

According to the defence,the last witness,a vendor stationed outside a district park in South Delhi,shall depose before the court about the music function conducted in the park on December 16.

So far,the representatives from Delhi Development Authority and neighbourhood churches have deposed that no musical function was organised in the park on the night of the incident.

The court granted the defence “one last opportunity” to produce the witness by Wednesday since the final arguments in the case have been scheduled for Thursday.

A 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped aboard a moving bus on December 16 and died 13 days later at a hospital in Singapore. Proceedings were abated against the driver of the bus,Ram Singh after he was found dead at his cell in Tihar jail on March 11.

All the accused in the case have pleaded not guilty.

Three of them have pleaded alibi. Their testimony stands in contradiction to the statement of co-accused Mukesh who had told the court that he was driving the bus at the time of the incident and all the five accused were present at the back of the bus when the incident took place.

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