The Supreme Court on Thursday slammed the accused in the highly publicized Uber rape case who had asked for re-examination of the victim saying that it was a method for prolonging the trial.

A bench comprising of Justice J S Khehar and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that Shiv Kumar Yadav misused the law and delayed the trial by several months that has led to unnecessary harassment of the victim.

The SC was hearing pleas filed by the victim and the Delhi Police which urged the court to quash the March 4 High Court order which allowed the accused to recall the victim and 12 other witnesses.

The bench said that the accused was making a mockery of the Indian justice system and said that he hadn’t asked any relevant questions during the previous cross-examination to justify re-examination.

Moreover, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi who represented the Delhi Police said that the accused wasn’t a novice and was familiar with court proceedings having faced criminal trials earlier.

“There are three rape cases, including the present one, against him. In addition to these, there are several other cases in Uttar Pradesh,” he added.

The Supreme Court bench used to opportunity to mention that it could also lay down guidelines as to whether an accused has the right to get witnesses recalled and re-examined in a criminal trial so that future cases aren’t unnecessarily delayed.

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