Delhi gang-rape case: SDM testifies in court
Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), who had recorded the statement of the December 16 Delhi gang-rape victim, on Thursday testified before the fast court conducting the trial in the case.
New Delhi: The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), who had recorded the statement of the December 16 Delhi gang-rape victim, on Thursday testified before the fast court conducting the trial in the case.
The judicial officer, who had recorded the statement of the 23-year-old girl at Safdarjung hospital here, deposed as a prosecution witness during in-camera proceedings against the five adult accused, who have been charged with rape and murder of the victim. The sixth accused is a juvenile who is facing proceedings before the Juvenile Justice Board.
The SDM was also cross-examined by the counsel for the five accused--bus driver Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Singh--before Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna which went on for over four hours.
The statement of the victim, who was then in a critical condition, was recorded twice as the SDM had alleged that a Delhi Police official had interfered during the recording of the girl`s first statement.
After the controversy, the Delhi Police had recorded victim`s second statement in the presence of another judicial officer who was a metropolitan magistrate.
The court could not record the statement of the metropolitan magistrate due to paucity of time. The metropolitan magistrate was directed by the court to appear before it tomorrow for recording of his statement as a prosecution witness along with three others.
The two judicial officers had recorded the victim`s version of the brutal rape and assault which is now being treated as a dying declaration against the five adult accused facing trial in the case.
The victim and her male friend had given their first statement to the SDM, who deposed in the case today. Her second statement, which was almost on the lines of the first, was made before the metropolitan magistrate.
The girl had died on December 29, 2012 in a Singapore hospital.
The details of the proceedings cannot be reported by the media as the court has imposed a ban on it under the law.