Gang-rape case: Court warns defence counsel over absence
New Delhi: A fast track Delhi court Tuesday warned advocate M.L. Sharma, defence counsel representing accused Mukesh in the Dec 16, 2012 gang-rape, for his repeated failure to appear in hearings. Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said that an "adverse order" could have been passed against him if it had not been this case.
The judge, who has been conducting day-to-day trial, said: "I am not passing an adverse order. Had it been other case, then I would have done it." Despite warnings by the court not to delay the process of cross-examination, Sharma has been refusing to cross-examine prosecution witnesses on one ground or other.
The court said: "He (Sharma) must understand. It cannot go on like this." The judge said due to something or the other the prosecution witnesses were being sent back from court without being cross-examined on behalf of accused Mukesh. During the proceedings, a prosecution witness (PW) was cross-examined on behalf of co-accused Akshay.
The court, in its four-page order, said: "Sharma (Mukesh's counsel) has not appeared as yet. It is to be noted that PW-65 was examined-in-chief on March 28 when his cross-examination was deferred as Sharma was not present, as he was in hospital having low blood pressure."
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