Delhi Police on Saturday opposed in a special court the bail plea of one of the four accused in the December 16 gangrape case, saying the accused may flee, tamper with evidence and try to influence witnesses.
opposing the interim bail plea of accused Akshay Singh, Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan, replying to said, "The accused played a vital role in the commission of the offence in question".
"The gravity of the offence can be gauged by a bare perusal of the medical legal case (MLC) of the victim, who consequent to the brutal act of the accused (Akshay) and other accused persons, died due to the injuries," Krishnan said.
In the light of the commission of such grave offences, it was not in the interest of justice to grant the accused interim bail at this stage, he said.
"The conduct of accused during investigation also warrants dismissal of the present application as during the probe also Akshay was absconding and was finally arrested after a nation wide manhunt.
"This coupled with the fact that Akshay has no family members, relatives or roots of any kind in New Delhi makes it highly probable that he will abscond again if he is granted interim bail," Krishnan told Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna.
He also said, "In view of the above facts, the interim bail application of Akshay is strongly opposed as the same is without merit and the accused has not made out any grounds for grant of interim bail to him."
Akshay had sought 15 days interim bail to visit his mother, who he said is in a critical stage in a hospital in Aurangabad. He had also said he was the only bread earner and there is no one else to look after his wife and minor kid.
The prosecution, in its reply, said there is no proof on record to show that Akshay's mother is hospitalized and also there is no description of the ailment that she is allegedly suffering from and any treatment given to her, in his bail application.
Initially, five adult accused in the case were facing trial for allegedly gangraping and assaulting a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus here on the night of December 16, 2012.
With the proceedings against the main accused Ram Singh having abated after his death on March 11, the remaining four adult accused Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay and Pawan Gupta are facing trial in the case for rape and murder of the girl.
The sixth accused in the case is a juvenile, who is facing proceedings before the Juvenile Justice Board.
The girl had died on December 29, 2012 in a Singapore hospital due to the grievous injuries she suffered when she was brutally assaulted by the six accused.