Delhi gangrape verdict: Defence lawyer cries foul, blames political pressure

Even as the four accused in the December 16 gangrape case have been found guilty of gangrape and murder, defence lawyers say the verdict is unfair.

While the arguements on sentencing will be held tomorrow, defence lawyers have called the convicts "innocent".

The lawyer for the defence has said that his clients were scapegoats: AFP

The lawyer for the defence has said that his clients were scapegoats: AFP

“This a clear case of acquittal. But due to political pressure they have been sentenced”, said AP Singh who represented the accused in court.

“The accused are poor powerless people, which is why they have been found guilty”, he added.

AP Singh also said that the trial was not fair, and two of the accused were not even present at the crime scene "This decision is completely under political pressure. The accused are completely innocent, he said.

Three of the accused – Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta – barring Mukesh, who is the brother of accused Ram Singh, have argued that they were not present on the bus on the night the crime was committed.

Each produced alibis as witnesses who told the court that the accused were at a different place. Akshay Thakur argued that he was not in Delhi, while Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta’s defence was that they were attending a music programme that night.

Mukesh, on the other hand, has admitted to being on the bus but denied raping and attacking the girl and her friend. Challenging the defence’s case, the prosecution argued that the “inconsistencies in the facts related by the defence witnesses” and the “absence of credible alibis,” had shown their claim that they were not on the bus to be false.

VK Anand, defence lawyer for Mukesh told CNN-IBN, that he should be given a lesser sentence for cooperating in the investigations. "As Mukesh has come with all cleanness and all fairness and has admitted his presence on the spot itself, he must get some softness because he has helped the law," Anand said, adding that he will appeal for his client as "mere presence of the accused on the scene of crime doesn't mean he has done anything".

Defence lawyer AP Singh, in his final arguments, accused the Delhi Police of framing the accused and planting evidence on them. The victim’s statement to the magistrate, Singh argued, was a police fabrication. The victim, he claimed, had died much before she had been officially declared to be dead.

Published Date: Sep 10, 2013 13:30 PM | Updated Date: Sep 10, 2013 14:30 PM

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