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‘Rape’ victim who attempted suicide in court alleges threat call,HC wants transcript

The Gujarat High Court Friday directed the rape victim who recently attempted suicide in the court to submit a transcript of a threat call she had allegedly received from the accused to withdraw the case.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: March 9, 2013 2:57:52 am

The Gujarat High Court Friday directed the rape victim who recently attempted suicide in the court to submit a transcript of a threat call she had allegedly received from the accused to withdraw the case.

Hearing the victim’s petition for cancellation of bail granted to the accused,the court also asked why police did not take the accused on remand to recover the mobile clip of the rape. The matter has been posted for further hearing on March 18.

The 26-year-old rape victim had attempted suicide on February 26 after her matter was adjourned for non-availability of her lawyer who had filed a leave note due to death of his grand-mother. The woman was shifted to Sola Civil Hospital under critical condition. While being taken to the hospital,the victim had told a lawyer about threat calls she had allegedly received from the accused to withdraw the case.

After being treated in the hospital,the victim came to the court Friday when her petition was scheduled for hearing.

As soon as the hearing started the court asked the prosecution as to why police did not take the accused on remand to recover the mobile clip of the rape which the accused had shot.

The court also asked why police did not take the accused on remand although even the trial court had stated in the bail order that they could take him on remand. The prosecution did not have any answer to this except for accepting the fact that accused’s remand was not taken and chargesheet was filed.

Subsequently,the victim’s lawyer told the court they wanted to produce the transcript of the relevant portion of the threat call the victim received from the accused. “Following our submission,the court has asked us to submit the transcript by March 18,” said the victim’s lawyer.

In 2010,the woman had lodged a complaint with Meghaninagar police station alleging that one Sandip Panchal had raped her in 2008 and videographed the act. Subsequently,she alleged,Panchal used to sexually exploit her by threatening to make the video clip public.

On December 3 last year,the accused procured anticipatory bail from Ahmedabad City Civil & Sessions Court after which the victim moved a petition at HC to get his bail cancelled.

Another speeding BMW kills biker in Ahmedabad

In the third road accident within two weeks involving a BMW car,a youth died after his motorbike was hit by a speeding car on the Bagodara-Ahmedabad highway in Ahmedabad district Friday morning.

Bagodara police said the accident occurred near Roika village around 11 am. Dipu Gami,in his thirties,who was riding the bike died on the spot while pillion rider Karamsinh suffered serious head injuries. He is undergoing treatment at V S Hospital in the city.

Police said the driver fled the scene after the accident,abandoning his car on the spot. Hours later,one Amit Parmar,32,appeared before police,claiming he was driving the car,police said,adding that the vehicle belongs to one Pratap Bharania of Jamnagar.

Parmar reportedly told police that the biker took a sudden turn that caused the accident. He said he was driving the car to a service centre for maintenance and that he fled the scene fearing the fury of people who had gathered at the spot after the incident.

He has been arrested.

According to police,Gami was coming to Ahmedabad to attend his nephew’s engagement and his relatives were travelling in a jeep.

On Thursday morning a BMW car owned by a resident of Moraiya village in Sanand had hit an autorickshaw that left five labourers injured in at Aslali in Ahmedabad district.

The owner of the car is yet to be identified.

On February 25,Vismay Shah,currently in judicial custody,had hit a motorcycle in city in which two youths were killed.

On Friday,a sessions court heard the arguments of police who want Shah’s remand for further investigation. The court has reserved its order for March 11.

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