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.

Bureau Report

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

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