Delhi gangrape accused wants health food in jail

Sumit Saxena

New Delhi, April 2 -- Having got a tutor in Tihar Jail to help him to prepare for an Indian Air Force clerical examination, Delhi gangrape accused Vinay Sharma is now asking for more.

On Monday, Vinay moved an application before special judge Yogesh Khanna, demanding healthy food and reading material.

He wanted milk, fruits to keep him fit and newspapers to help him remain focused for the April 7 written examination.

Vinay, who appeared to be walking with difficulty, approached the witness box and pleaded to the judge to direct the jail authorities to also provide him well-fitting clothes.

He complained that the clothes provided by the jail authorities had "large holes" in them.

After pleading to the judge, Vinay got back to his seat at the back of the courtroom and had a quick chat with co-accused Akshay.

Vinay alleged that the police had seized all his clothes from his house. But the police said the clothes were case property and, therefore, could not be given back to him before the trial concluded.

The judge asked Tihar jail authorities to consider Vinay's plea.

Vinay, Akshay, Pawan and Mukesh are facing trial for raping and assaulting a 23-year-old para-medical student in a moving bus in South Delhi on December 16 last year.

The victim later died in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012. Ram Singh, the prime accused in the case had allegedly committed suicide in the jail.

None of the other three accused has moved such an application, seeking any facility in the jail.

During the court proceedings, Judge Khanna expressed his displeasure over the defence lawyers reaching the court room late than the scheduled time.

"I will write to Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) to provide a counsel to the accused, if in future the defence counsel reaches late. It cannot go on like this. Please make sure that from tomorrow, you (defence counsel) are on time," the judge warned.

The proceedings in the trial were delayed for nearly an hour as the counsel for accused Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma appeared late.

To date, 63 witnesses have recorded their statements in the case.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.