Gang-rape case: Innocent boys implicated, claims counsel

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) A defence counsel representing one of the accused in the Dec 16 gang-rape case here Friday told the court that “innocent boys” had been “falsely implicated” by police in the case.

“I am disturbed since December 17, when I heard that these innocent boys have been falsely implicated in the case,” said advocate Sharma while defending the accused who allegedly gang-raped and tortured a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus here Dec 16.

After repeated warnings by Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna not to delay the process of cross-examination, Sharma refused to cross-examine more witnesses after he finished with one.

During the proceedings, Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan interrupted Sharma for asking irrelevant questions to the witnesses during the cross-examination.

However, Sharma claimed that “99 percent of his questions are very much relevant and he will prove it during the final argument in the case”.

Sharma, counsel for accused Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur, moved an application before the court for permission to allow him to visit the Tihar Jail so that he could check the security arrangements for his clients.

He also claimed that the jail authorities were not providing him the CD of the security arrangements.

Counsel added that the authorities had not given him the CCTV recordings of the days on which Vinay was allegedly beaten by inmates and suffered a hand fracture.

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