Delhi gang-rape: police allowed to examine 3 more witnesses

A special court on Thursday allowed the prosecution to examine three more witnesses to counter the claims of December 16 gang-rape case accused.

New Delhi: A special court here on Thursday allowed the prosecution to examine three more witnesses to counter the claims of December 16 gangrape case accused who had taken a plea of alibi that they were not present in the bus in which a 23-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by six persons.

Observing that the accused themselves had taken the plea of alibi and had led evidence to substantiate it, the court said "no prejudice shall be caused to the defence in calling of such witnesses being in the interest of justice".

"Accused Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta are seeking a plea of alibi, claiming, interalia, that they were enjoying a musical event organised by a Church on December 16, 2012 night in the District Park in Hauz Khas, New Delhi, in a gathering of 300 persons and hence to find the truth as to if any musical event was organised on December 16 last year by any Church it has become desirable to examine...," Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said.

The order came on an application under section 311 of CrPC moved by Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan who had contended he needs to call material witnesses to establish that these two accused were not in the park and were present in the bus on the night of the incident.
PTI

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