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16 Dec rape: police claims accused was present in bus

A special court on Tuesday resumed the trial in the 16 December gang rape case after a weeklong gap with Delhi police alleging that the father of one of the accused is deposing falsely.
Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna has recorded the statement of two defence witnesses on behalf of Akshay Thakur, who have corroborated with his plea of alibi.

Special public prosecutor Dayan Krishnan, however, during the cross-examination of Akshay’s father and the auto driver, said that both the defence witnesses are deposing falsely and are tutored.
The prosecution claim was refuted by accused father, who said, ‘On December 16, 2012 at about 10 am, the accused along with his daughter-in-law and grand son had reached his village’.

‘It is wrong to suggest that I have concocted false story regarding presence of my son/accused at my village on December 16, 2012 and also tutored other defence witness to depose at my behest in order to save my son Akshay.

‘It is wrong to suggest that on the incident night, my son was in Delhi and was part of the group of persons, who had allegedly gangraped the girl,’ Akshay’s father claimed, while denying the police that the youth was among the six persons who had gangraped a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus here. Appearing as defence witness, the auto driver claimed that he picked Akshay
from the railway station on 16 December morning to his village at Aurangabad in Bihar.
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