New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday deferred till October 14 pronouncement of judgement against five accused in the Dhaula Kuan gang-rape case of 2010 as the judge was unable to complete the writing of the verdict due to recent vacation.
"Due to long vacation, I could not spare time, so the judgement has not yet been completed. I give you next date for pronouncement of judgement. You come on October 14," Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhatt said.
"I will not defer the verdict on that day," the judge said when the five accused in the sensational abduction and gang-rape case of the 30-year-old BPO executive from northeast were produced before him.
According to police, Shamshad alias Khutkan, Usman alias Kale, Shahid alias Chhota Billi, Iqbal alias Bada Billi and Kamruddin alias Mobile, had allegedly abducted the victim on November 24, 2010 while she was walking home with her friend after her shift had ended.
The accused then took the victim to Mongolpuri, allegedly gang-raped her, and left her on an isolated road.
Earlier, on September 24, the court had fixed the date of pronouncement of verdict for today after the prosecution had rebutted the claim of one of the five accused that police had fudged the evidence.
The court had reserved the verdict after police denied the alleged discrepancies pointed out by the counsel for one of the accused, Usman, on September 22, claiming that blood sample collected from the victim was planted on his pants to ensure matching of DNA samples.
Responding to Usman's plea, public prosecutor had said the exhibits were sent for forensic test on November 26, 2010, much before the accused was arrested on December 2, 2010 and reiterated the argument that there was no tampering with the evidence.
Usman had claimed that the medical report and statement of the alleged victim had suggested that no external injuries were caused to her.
His counsel had also questioned the discrepancies in the statements of investigating officer (IO) and forensic expert over number of exhibits sent during the probe, received by the lab, and packed in different envelopes.
Observing that manipulation of blood samples looks highly improbable, the court on September 22 had directed the police to respond to the allegations levelled by Usman.
Earlier on September 8, the court had reserved judgement after the final arguments were concluded in the case in which five persons were facing trial.