Delhi rape: Magistrates, doctors to testify today

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 12, 2013 18:57 hrs
Delhi rape: Magistrates, doctors to testify today

The special fast track court on Tuesday will hear the testimonies of three of the magistrates, entrusted with the responsibility to record the statements of the five adults accused of gang raping and brutalising a 23-year-old medical student in a moving bus on December last year.

Additional sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, who is recording the statement of the prosecution witnesses in the in-camera proceedings on a daily basis, on Monday reportedly summoned the magistrates to testify before the court on Tuesday.

Two doctors from AIIMS have also been summoned to appear in the court on Tuesday.

The court decided to record their statement after it heard the testimonies of four people on Monday.

Last week, two doctors from AIIMS and two officials from Indian bank and Axis Bank have testified before the court of law on behalf of prosecution and were also cross examined by the defence lawyers.

Earlier, the prosecution had called the 23-year-old victim´s software engineer friend to testify in court. He was accompanying the victim on the night the attack took place.

The friend was also cross-examined by the defence lawyers in court.

The trial is being held in-camera, which refrains the media from reporting the day-to-day proceedings in detail.

The Delhi Police had filed a supplementary chargesheet in the case. It included the victim´s autopsy report from the Singapore hospital where she died on December 29.

Before her death, the victim had recorded her statement. That would be crucial evidence in the case.

The five suspects had pleaded not guilty to the charges read out to them. They could face death penalty, if convicted.

The sixth accused, a juvenile, is being tried by juvenile justice board. He faces a maximum punishment of three years in a reform facility.

The police has said he was the most brutal among the assaulters.

The girl´s death sparked national outrage and protests on the lack of security for women in India.

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