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Uber rape case: Delhi Police moves SC against witnesses recall

New Delhi: The Delhi Police today moved the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court's order allowing the accused driver of Uber cab rape case to recall and examine 13 prosecution witnesses including the victim.

PTI [ Updated: March 20, 2015 19:39 IST ]
uber rape case delhi police moves sc against witnesses
uber rape case delhi police moves sc against witnesses recall

New Delhi: The Delhi Police today moved the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court's order allowing the accused driver of Uber cab rape case to recall and examine 13 prosecution witnesses including the victim. The matter was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi. The bench agreed to hear the matter on March 24 along with a similar petition filed by the victim against the high court's March 4 order.

The Delhi Police has sought dismissal of the high court order on the ground that it would further cause harassment to the victim.

The apex court had on March 10 stayed the high court order allowing the taxi driver, who has been facing trial for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman in an Uber cab here, to recall and re-examine 13 witnesses, including the victim.  The court had also stayed the trial court proceedings and restrained the media from reporting statements of witnesses which have been recorded after the high court's order.  It had also issued notice to the Delhi Police and the accused to respond to the victim's plea.  The victim, in her appeal, said that the high court order amounts to re-trial of the case.

Her counsel had said the accused has wrongly been allowed to recall and re-examine witnesses and it will create further agony for the victim and will also delay the trial.  On March 4, the Delhi High Court had allowed recall of 13 prosecution witnesses, including the victim in Uber cab rape case, on the plea of the accused driver and said their cross examination will be carried out on a day-to-day basis.

 

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