Dec 16 gangrape: Defence gropes in dark to prove alibi

"Does the lifestyle of residents in South Delhi ensure that they prefer a late-night outing?”

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 15, 2013 5:51:52 am

” Does the lifestyle of residents in South Delhi ensure that they prefer a late-night outing?” the defence counsel in the Delhi gangrape case asked a parish priest in cross-examination at a city court on Wednesday in a desperate attempt to suggest that on the night of the incident,the two accused in the case (also residents of South Delhi) were present at a late-night music function at the time of the incident. The question was disallowed by the judge.

Accused Pawan and Vinay had earlier told the court that they were not present on the bus on which the 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped on December 16.

They told the court that they were attending a music function organised by a church at a district park in South Delhi. Their family and neighbours had corroborated the alibi in court.

However,the prosecution submitted letters from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and a neighbourhood church which mentioned that no such function had been held on that night.

A DDA official told the court that the park was a reserved forest and no function had taken place on its premises on December 16. Members of the church also told the court that they organised their functions on the church premises and had not organised any function in the district park.

While cross-examining the witnesses,A P Singh,defence counsel in the case,pointed out that the DDA official had not spoken to the guard stationed in the park on December 16 before testifying in court. He also alleged that,according to information received from a guard,functions were organised in the park every Sunday. He also suggested that guards allowed the church to conduct their programmes here as they would get free food and wine. The witnesses denied these allegations.

Singh also stated that the function had been organized in collaboration with an NGO- Prabhat Tara. The priest on cross-examination accepted that he knew of the NGO but was not aware if it had organised the music function.

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