Verdict in Buddha Garden rape case deferred


New Delhi : A city court Friday deferred the verdict in the sensational Buddha Jayanti Park gang rape case of 2003, in which four members of the President’s Bodyguard are the accused.

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Additional Sessions Judge S.K. Sarvaria deferred the verdict till Aug 7.

The court had reserved the order July 24.

According to the prosecution, the victim had gone with her friend Ashish to the park near the Rashtrapati Bhavan Oct 6, 2003 and was raped by Harpreet and Satendra while Kuldeep and Manish kept guard.

The prosecution, which examined 25 witnesses to establish the rape charge, said that the accused had raped the victim, when she had gone there with her friend for sight-seeing.

The four first roughed up the victim’s friend and then took her to a secluded place inside the park before raping her, the prosecution alleged.

However, Ranbir Sharma, an advocate appearing for the key accused Harpreet, submitted before the court that “the accused have been framed in the case”.

During the arguments, the defence rubbished the recovery by police of various articles such as the victim’s handkerchief and a doll, that too two days after the incident, adding that these facts had never come out in the statements of the victim.

The accused had been booked under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code dealing with gang rape, kidnapping and robbery.