TISS gangrape victim`s testimony not trustworthy: Defence

The defence counsel in the TISS gangrape case today in its final arguments said the testimony of the US national who had alleged rape against the six accused is not trustworthy.

Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 23:41 PM IST

Mumbai: The defence counsel in the TISS
gangrape case today in its final arguments said the testimony
of the US national who had alleged rape against the six
accused is not trustworthy.

Six students were arrested in April last year for
allegedly raping a 23-year-old US national, who was studying
at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

The six accused are Vinamra Soni (23), Harshavardhan
Yadav (22), Jaskaran Singh (21), Dev Colabawala (21), Anish
Borkatki (21) and Kundanraj Borgonain (22).

Soni`s lawyer Rohini Salian today told a fast track
trial court that other than the victim`s testimony, the
prosecution has not submitted any evidence to prove that the
girl had been raped.

According to police, the victim had gone to a party
with a hostel-mate and six of her male friends on April 12
last year. The group had consumed liquor at Deonar`s Cafe XO
after which she, along with her male friends, went to Andheri.
She was allegedly raped at Borgonain`s rented flat there.

"There is nothing in the medical and chemical report
to show that she was raped. According to the victim, she was
raped after she fell unconscious. But her mobile phone records
show that she was awake till 5 in the morning and had been
calling several people," Salian argued.

The court will hear the arguments of prosecution and
other defence lawyers on September 17.

-PTI

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