The fast-track court has sought Tihar Jail’s response to an application by accused Vinay Sharma to set up a medical board to examine him. His lawyer AP Singh told the court on Wednesday that he had apprehensions that his client was being poisoned.
Accused Vinay Sharma was not present in court. As per the medical report submitted to the judge, the accused is suffering from high fever and has been admitted to Deen Dayal Updhayaya Hospital.
Defence counsel Singh told the court that he believed that his client’s frequent visits to the hospital were a result of a “conspiracy.”
Expressing concern over his client’s life and security in prison, Singh said, "My client is being given sweet poison... He is being taken from hospital to hospital. It is a known strategy of the government to transfer its liability."
The prosecution urged the defence counsel to be "responsible in making his submissions to court" and objected to the defence counsel’s reference to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's comment earlier this week on the need to improve security in Tihar.
The prosecution also brought up an earlier allegation by accused Vinay Sharma that his hand had been fractured as a result of being beaten by prison inmates. The court had dismissed the allegation after going through CCTV footage of the prison premises. (Read full report here)
Seeking a response from the Tihar jail authorities on Wednesday’s application by the accused to set up a medical board comprising doctors from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital or Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, the judge said, "The apprehension of accused Vinay appears to be unfounded in view of report of Jail Superintendent."
"Nevertheless, the health of any accused is a matter of concern and since the special public prosecutor also does not object to the treatment of accused from any other hospital, if advised, by the Jail doctors, it may be given. However, before passing any such directions, it would be appropriate to get the view of the jail doctors," the judge said.0
The court has also sought a complete medical status report of accused Vinay Sharma and issued warrants for the accused to be produced before the court subject to the advice of the doctors.
Accused Vinay Sharma and three others — Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh — are on trial for the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student and attack on her friend on the night of 16 December. The fifth accused is a juvenile and facing trial before a juvenile justice board.
Updated Date: May 08, 2013 19:04:51 IST