Pronouncement of verdict deferred in Buddha Jayanti rape case

Last Updated: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 20:54

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday deferred pronouncement of verdict in the sensational Buddha Jayanti park gang rape case involving four members of the President`s Bodyguards as accused.
"Case is adjourned to August seven," Additional
Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria, who had fixed the matter for
pronouncing the verdict today, said.

Harpreet Singh, Satyender Singh, Kuldeep Singh and
Manish Kumar, belonging to cavalier guards of the elite PBG,
were booked under various provisions of the IPC, dealing with
gang rape, abduction and attempt to commit robbery.

The victim, 17, a student of a Delhi University
college, had gone with her boyfriend Ashish to the park near
Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 6, 2003, and was allegedly raped
by Harpreet and Satyender while the other two accused Kuldeep
and Manish kept guard, the prosecution said.

The public prosecutor, concluding final arguments,
had said the accused ravished the victim almost in the
backyard of the presidential palace when she had gone
there with her friend for sight-seeing.

The prosecution had examined 25 witnesses, including
the victim and her friend Ashish.

Ranbir Sharma, counsel for key accused Harpreet, had
alleged frame-up in the case and rubbished the recovery of
various articles such as the victim`s handkerchief and a doll,
that too, two days after the incident.

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First Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 20:54

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