Uber rape case: Supreme Court sets aside HC order allowing recall of 13 witnesses

The Supreme Court has set aside High Court’s order of allowing the recall of 13 witnesses, including the victim, in the case.

Suprme Court had earlier too reprimanded the Uber cab rape case accused Shiv Kumar Yadav for seeking recall of witnesses including the victim to examine them afresh in the trial court,and has said “if the court agrees with your suggestion, the entire criminal justice system will be destroyed.”

“She (victim) was called for cross-examination. You humiliated her, insulted her and embarrassed her for three days and again you want she should undergo the same,” a bench headed by Justice J S Khehar said and reserved the order on victim’s plea that she should not be put to torturous experience by being cross examined again in the case.

The court had asked Yadav’s lawyer to show the law which allows the accused to claim his right to re-call the victim on the ground that the he has engaged a new counsel for the trial of his case.

Even countering the arguments placed by Yadav’s counsel to defend his client, the bench had said, “You are making it impossible to convict the guilty. You can’t go on endlessly. You are in a way suggesting us to destroy the entire judicial system.”