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Delhi rape victim records fresh statement

Policewomen remove a protester during a demonstration against the Delhi gang-rape, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Policewomen remove a protester during a demonstration against the Delhi gang-rape, in New Delhi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Saurabh Das

After controversy erupted over recording of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim’s statement, her fresh testimony was on Tuesday taken by a metropolitan magistrate, police said.

“A fresh statement of the girl has been recorded by the metropolitan magistrate,” a senior police official said.

Controversy erupted over the recording of the victim’s statement after Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit complained to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde that senior police officials “interfered” in the process and sought an inquiry.

In a letter to Mr. Shinde, Ms. Dikshit cited a communication to her by Deputy Commissioner (East) B.M. Mishra that Sub Divisional Magistrate Usha Chaturvedi claimed that three senior police officers had prevented the video recording of the victim’s statement. It was also alleged that the police officers wanted the SDM to use a questionnaire they prepared.

It later turned out to be an open war between Ms. Dikshit and the Delhi Police, who demanded a probe into the “leakage” of her letter to the Home Minister.

Delhi Police came out with a strong denial and also demanded a high-level probe into the “leakage” of Ms. Dikshit’s letter to Mr. Shinde.

“We deny the allegations levelled by SDM Usha Chaturvedi.

“Delhi Police demands a high-level inquiry into the leakage of a top-secret letter written by the Chief Minister to media,” Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.

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