The fast-track court hearing the Uber taxi rape case on Monday continued the cross-examination of the victim for the third day, asking her questions on the incident until she made calls to the police on the night of December 5.
The cross-examination remained inconclusive and would continue on Tuesday. The proceedings took place even as the Supreme Court decided to hear the victim’s appeal against the Delhi High Court’s March 4 order, allowing the accused Shiv Kumar Yadav to recall her and 12 other witnesses.
Defence counsel D K Mishra also moved a plea seeking the court’s direction to start the proceedings in the morning session to provide “sufficient and adequate time” for conducting the trial on a day-to-day basis, as ordered by the Delhi High Court. The defence also sought the presence of the public prosecutor before the court at “the normal time in the morning hours for a speedy, just and fair disposal of the case”.
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No quick hearing on rape film ban
The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to give urgent hearing to a PIL seeking the lifting of the ban on the December 16, 2012 rape documentary. India’s Daughter features an interview with one of the four convicts, Mukesh Singh, who is on death row.
A bench said there is no such urgency in the matter and it will be heard on Wednesday. Two law students, Arun Menon and Kritika Padode, had filed a PIL saying the ban on the documentary is a violation of their fundamental rights under Article 19 of the Indian Constitution.