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Gangrape accused demands milk, fruits, tutor, paper in jail

Last updated on: April 01, 2013 19:31 IST

One of the four accused in the December 16 gangrape case on Monday sought a direction from a special court in Delhi for nutritious food inside Tihar jail.

Vinay Sharma, the accused who along with five others had allegedly gangraped the 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in Delhi, moved the plea before Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna and sought "proper food and newspapers" inside jail.

The court sent the application to the jail authorities for their comments.

Meanwhile, the judge also took strong note of the fact that defence lawyers were arriving late to attend the proceedings and cautioned them that it was the court’s ‘last warning’.

"I am observing that the defence counsels are coming as per their choice. They (defence counsel) should understand that they are dealing with a very serious case. They are taking the court for granted. I will write to the Delhi Legal Services Authority to provide counsel to the accused if in the future the counsels reach late. It cannot go on like this. Please make sure that from tomorrow, you (defence counsel) are on time," the judge said.

The proceedings on Monday got delayed by 45 minutes as the counsel for accused Pawan Gupta and Vinay came late.

Later, a lawyer for accused Mukesh and Akshay Singh refused to cross-examine the witnesses and said he will start doing so from Tuesday.

The lawyer also said he has been given time till April 4 to file an appeal in the Delhi high court against the order, by which his application seeking documents in Hindi was rejected.

Accused Vinay, in his plea, said he should be given milk, fruits and newspapers in jail as he has to prepare for his written examination on April 7.

Earlier, he had moved the court seeking a tutor as well as reading materials to help him prepare for the Indian Air Force’s clerical recruitment test.

Subsequently, Tihar jail authorities had provided him a tutor to guide him in his studies.

The court, which has till date recorded the statements of 63 prosecution witnesses, told the lawyers that from Tuesday, it will not adjourn the matter unless someone fell ill.

Initially, five accused in the case were facing trial for allegedly gang-raping and assaulting a girl on the night of December 16, 2012.

The proceedings against the main accused Ram Singh have abated after his death on March 11.

The remaining four adult accused -- Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay and Pawan -- are facing trial in the case for rape and murder of the girl.

The sixth accused in the case is a juvenile who is facing proceedings before the Juvenile Justice Board in Delhi.

The girl died on December 29, 2012 in a Singapore hospital due to the grievous injuries she suffered when she was brutally assaulted by the six accused.

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