Court Asks Tihar Jail to Reply to Nirbhaya Convict’s Medical Plea

A Delhi court on Thursday, 20 February, sought a response from Tihar jail authorities on a plea by one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, seeking better treatment for his claimed mental illness, schizophrenia and head and arm injuries, PTI reported.

Vinay Sharma, one of the convicts, was injured after he tried to hurt himself by banging his head against the wall of his cell, on Sunday, a Tihar jail official was quoted by ANI as saying. Vinay sustained minor injuries.

Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana on Thursday directed the prison authorities to file its reply on the plea by Sharma on Saturday.

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Sharma’s plea claimed that when Sharma's counsel visited him in the prison on the request of his family members, he found that he had sustained grievous head injury, fracture in his right arm with plaster and was suffering from "insanity", "mental illness" and "schizophrenia", PTI reported. Sharma could not identify his counsel and his mother in jail, it further said.

The prosecution opposed the plea saying it was not maintainable.

Execution Scheduled on 3 March

As per a Delhi court’s latest orders, the four convicts – Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh – will be executed on Tuesday, 3 March, at 6 am.

Vinay Sharma’s lawyer, AP Singh, had earlier told the court that Vinay is on a hunger strike and his mental state is not well, hence death sentence cannot be carried out.

The court directed the jail authorities to provide good medical care to Vinay and get a medical report.

Earlier, the Delhi High court granted a week’s time to all the convicts to exhaust all their legal remedies and also said they will not be hanged separately as they are convicted of the same crime.

"It is hereby directed that the death warrants, as issued by this court vide order dated 7 January 2020 in respect of the condemned convicts namely Mukesh, Pawan, Akshay and Vinay shall now be carried into effect by causing the said convicts to be hanged by neck until they are dead on 3 March at 6 am," Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana said.

On 16 December, 2012, a 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in Delhi. Six people including one juvenile was arrested, who was released after three years in a reform home. One of the main accused, Ram Singh, took his own life in his jail cell in Tihar.

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(With inputs from ANI and PTI.)

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