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Delhi gangrape: Friend’s interview cannot be used as evidence says SC

New Delhi, May 4 ():Challenging the March 7 order of the high court, the Supreme Court yesterday announced that the interview given by December 16 Delhi gang- rape victim’s friend cannot be taken as an evidence in the case.

The court observed that the interview in a news channel of the Delhi gang-rape victim’s friend cannot be used as evidence, since he was interviewed after the filing of the charge-sheet in the gang-rape case. The interview in the news channel was allowed earlier as evidence in the case by the Delhi High Court, which the Supreme Court set aside after yesterday’s order.

Meanwhile, all the four Delhi gang-rape accused who were produced in a fast track court on Thursday had claimed in front of Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna saying that   the victim’s friend was a tutor witness in the case, who was forced by the Delhi police to give a statement against the six men arrested in the case.

However, the accusation was denied by the magistrate who made his presence in the court yesterday as prosecution witness number 69, told the court after he was cross-examined by the counsel for the accused.The apex court passed this order after the Delhi government filed a petition challenging the high court order of March 7.

The high court earlier permitted the appeal made by one of the accused, Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh Singh and set aside the February 8 trial court order in which they were not permitted to display the CD of the interview telecast on January 4 as evidence.  Ram Singh, the prime accused died in a mysterious circumstances a few months back.

Except Ram Singh, the remaining four adult accused Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh and Pawan Gupta are facing trial in the case for rape and murder of the girl. The sixth accused being a juvenile is facing trial before the Juvenile Justice Board.

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