Dec 16 victim's phone found: Witness

Dec 16 victim's phone found: Witness

 A mobile phone said to have belonged to the December 16 gang rape victim was recovered from the house of one of the accused, said a prosecution witness on Monday in the fast track court here.

The witness, a Delhi Police sub-inspector who was part of the police team that had accompanied accused Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta to their homes, also said a pair of bloodstained trousers and undergarments allegedly belonging to Pawan were recovered from his house.

The officer gave the statement during his examination by the prosecution in the gang rape case being heard on a day-to-day basis by additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna.

The officer told the court that a pair of leather shoes allegedly belonging to the victim’s male friend was also recovered from Vinay’s home. “He (Vinay) took out a polythene from a portion of the jhuggi, and from this polythene, the accused took out one Nokia mobile phone model 3110. The IMEI of this mobile was checked,” said the witness.

“The IMEI was tallying with the IMEI number of the victim,” he said. “The accused Pawan led the police party to his jhuggi, and from this jhuggi he took out his clothes which he was wearing at the time of the incident, a coca cola colour pant having bloodstains, one brown underwear having bloodstains,” said the witness.

Special public prosecutor Dayan Krishnan told the court on Monday that a lie detector test, even if volunteered by an accused, is inadmissible as evidence and added that he will show a Supreme Court judgement on Tuesday in support of his contention.

Accused’s bail plea

Another accused Akshay on Monday submitted medical records of his ailing mother as part of an interim bail application filed earlier. He had sought interim bail to go to Aurangabad in Bihar to meet his mother.

During the proceedings, accused Mukesh and Pawan were allowed to meet their family members. Mukesh met his family to discuss whether he should be shifted to another prison from Tihar Jail, though his counsel said he does not wish to be moved.

Pawan also met his family members. Apart from the police officer, whose deposition will continue on Tuesday, the prosecution also examined two other witnesses. One was a photographer, who took photos of the injuries on the victim’s body, and the other an employee of the hotel whose CCTV cameras had recorded the bus, in which the crime allegedly took place, passing in front of it two times that night.

The photographs as well as the CCTV footage were produced in court.
The defence advocates alleged the photographs and the video were manufactured and tampered with by police, which was denied by the witnesses.

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