Tihar jail authorities on Saturday denied before a city court that Delhi gang rape accused Vinay Sharma was beaten up by fellow inmates, even as the injured accused pleaded that he should not be sent back to the prison.
Refuting the claims of jail authorities, Sharma requested special court judge Yogesh Khanna not to send him back to Tihar, alleging that jail officials had threatened to hang him in his cell on Sunday.
Sharma had appeared before the court on Friday with a broken hand. He told the judge, “If you want to kill me, kill me here but don’t send me to Tihar in any condition.”
Sharma’s counsel AP Singh told the court that jail’s security personnel had threatened his client.
The jail officials allegedly told him: “Today, media and lawyers can save you, but who will save you on Sunday as you have to stay in Tihar only.”
The superintendent of Jail No. 7 in Tihar, Lokesh Chandra, said Vinay and five other undertrials, who are lodged with him in a cell, are under 24-hour CCTV surveillance and it is not possible for other inmates to hurt him. The accused were put under watch after prime accused Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in his prison cell.
He claimed that the CCTV footage of the cell did not show evidence of Vinay being beaten up by fellow inmates. He claimed Vinay was injured during a fight with one of the co-accused, Akshay Singh, in the van while returning to the prison from court.
The jail authorities report said that Vinay made contradictory statements in various hospitals regarding his medical status and this proved that allegations made by him were “false and mischievous”.
“In the light of contradictory statements of the patient prisoner (Vinay) in various hospitals, the allegations levelled in the application are totally false, mischievous, unfounded and for ulterior motive,” the report said.
Vinay’s counsel contended that last night he was taken out of his cell by the jail’s security personnel. He alleged that Vinay and Akshay were not provided food on Saturday as Vinay had refused to write a letter to the judge, saying he suffered the injury in a fall.
After taking note of the Tihar jail official’s report, the court kept its order pending for Monday.
It has asked Chandra to ensure the safety and security of all the four accused in the prison.