New Delhi: Tihar Jail Superintendent will on Saturday appear before court to explain how one of the December 16 gang-rape accused, Vinay Sharma fractured his hand and if any action had been taken on his allegations that he had been beaten up. (JPN/Agencies)
The fast track court on Friday had directed the jail official to appear before it on Saturday to reply to the allegations of Sharma that he was badly beaten up by prison inmates.
On Friday, Vinay Sharma had arrived in the court with a fractured hand and his counsel said Tihar Jail inmates and police beat him up on Thursday as he wanted to appear for an Indian Air Force (IAF) recruitment exam.
Sharma also pleaded that he should not be sent back to Tihar Jail. “Mujhe yahi marwa do par Tihar jail mat bhejo, waha both darr lagta hai. Mey yahi se kud jauga par Tihar nahi jauga (You can get me killed here but don't send me to Tihar Jail, I feel afraid there. I will jump from here but will not go to Tihar), Vinay's counsel AP Singh told the court on behalf of his client.
Taking note of the condition of the accused, the court directed that further "security and safety of all the four accused should be ensured by the jail officials". It sought reply from the superintendent of Jail number 7 and directed him to personally appear before it on Saturday. "In view of the above, it is directed that medical examination of accused including X-ray should be done and brought to the court tomorrow also," the court said.
‘Police broke Sharma’s right hand’
Sharma's counsel told the court on Friday that "Tihar Jail inmates and police beat up Sharma and broke his right hand so that he could not give his exam".
Sharma was to appear April 7 for an IAF exam for vacancies of clerks. His counsel told the court that the inmates had said to Sharma: "You want to give the exam? You will write the exam with your right hand. We will break your hand." Singh requested the court to summon Tihar Jail's superintendent to explain the incident. He also sought a transfer of the trial and asked that the accused be kept away from Delhi Police.
Taking note of the allegations, Additional Session Judge Yogesh Khanna asked the superintendent of Jail number 7 to explain how Sharma was beaten up inside the jail last night and whether any further action is taken on that incident.
Asking the superintendent to file report how Sharma got his hand fractured, the court directed that he should "ensure security and safety of all the four accused".In the order the court said: "It is directed that complete medical examination of accused including X-ray should be done and brought to the court tomorrow (Saturday) also."
It also asked jail superintendent to file a reply whether the accused can be shifted to Rohini Jail in wake of the incident. The court's direction came after Vinay's counsel moved application saying accused should be shifted from Tihar Jail to Rohini or Patiala House court to ensure their safety. The court was concerned about the safety of four accused saying he had earlier directed the jail authorities to ensure security and safety of the accused after the main accused Ram Singh had allegedly committed suicide in his cell in the jail on March 11. However, the court observed that Sharma's elbow was fractured "due to a fall", while referring to the medical report of GB Pant Hospital here.
Accused fear for life in Tihar
On Thursday accused Akshay had alleged in the court that he was receiving life threats in the jail from a police constable who was continuously abusing him. One of the co-accused informed his lawyer that Vinay was unwell since yesterday as he was feeling sick. He was taken to jail dispensary yesterday after he was taken back to Tihar Jail from the court.
When he returned from the dispensary at around 11 pm on Thursday, they noticed that his arm was broken, the co-accused told the court. Meanwhile, Sharma claimed that Mukesh is suffering from chest pain because was "poisoned".During the proceedings, the court recorded the statement of the Delhi Police official who had registered the FIR in the case.
New Delhi: Tihar Jail Superintendent will on Saturday appear before court to explain how one of the December 16 gang-rape accused, Vinay Sharma fractured his hand and if any action had been taken on his allegations that he had been beaten up.