'India's Daughter': Convict urges HC to prosecute documentary maker
news Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 05:30
Mukesh Singh, one of the four convicts in the December 16, 2012 gang-rape, on Wednesday urged the Delhi High Court to an order a CBI inquiry and prosecution of the maker of the controversial BBC documentary "India's Daughter".Advocate M.L. Sharma, appearing for convict Mukesh, alleged that the film is "outcome of fraud and conspiracy" hatched by documentary maker Leslee Udwin, BBC and a private news channel with advocate V.K. Anand, who had briefly represented Mukesh Singh during trial of the case. He claimed that Mukesh Singh was a victim of conspiracy and due to the film, he has been again fixed in the criminal scenario.The plea, which was mentioned before a division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, stated that the broadcast of the interview of Mukesh Singh, allegedly taken inside Tihar Jail here in July 2013, should not be allowed.The court, however, refused urgent hearing in the case.The documentary is about the gang-rape of a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist, who was brutally assaulted on December 16, 2012 in a moving bus in Delhi. It kicked up a storm after one of the convicts Mukesh Singh was interviewed in Delhi's Tihar Jail.The convict's lawyer sought direction that any part of the documentary should not be used in any legal or judicial proceedings in any manner.The plea said: "During the film, Mukesh Singh was told to do acting of an accused and to deliver script written dialogue. Mukesh Singh is illiterate. He only did acting in the said film, what he has spoken is not his own view or statements. It is neither his confession nor his own statement."The director and BBC have committed a serious crime against Mukesh Singh, the petition said and demanded that the film must be seized and those guilty be prosecuted. IANS
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