New Delhi: The formal trial in the Delhi gang-rape case began on Tuesday in the fast-track court in Delhi.
The private bus, in which the 23-year old paramedical student was gang-raped and her male friend assaulted, was brought to the court campus to be identified by the lone eye witness in the case. The defence lawyers will cross examine the male friend on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old male friend of the girl appeared before the fast- track court to testify about the incident to which he is the sole eyewitness.
The youth, a software engineer, came in a wheelchair to the court of Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna after he was summoned as a prosecution witness in the case.
The girl had died on December 29, 2012 in a Singapore hospital as a result of the grievous injuries she had suffered when she was sexually assaulted by six people, one of them a juvenile.
Before she had died, the girl had recorded her testimony before a magistrate. Her statement along with that of her friend’s will be crucial for the prosecution.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has filed its supplementary chargesheet, including the post-mortem report of the girl, in the case.
On February 2, all the five adult accused in the case pleaded not guilty to the charges framed against them by the fast-track court.
The court had framed charges under various sections of the IPC for offences which include gang rape, murder, attempt to murder, unnatural offences, dacoity, conspiracy and kidnapping.
Beside the victim’s male friend, the court had also summoned three other prosecution witnesses to depose before the judge in the case.
The male friend’s leg was seriously injured when the men on the bus had allegedly hit him with an iron rod.
According to the police, when the youth had tried to stop the gang, they hit him repeatedly and forced him to the back of the bus before the brutal gang rape.
The police on January 3 had filed its initial chargesheet in the case. (with PTI inputs)