BBC documentary: Was rapist Mukesh an undertrial when he was interviewed?

  • Soumya Pillai and Avantika Mehta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2015 13:21 IST

Singh’s lawyer said that though Singh’s consent for his interview, according to the papers, is dated October 7, 2013, the interview had been recorded a month before the papers were signed.

Interestingly, when the first interview was shot, the lawyer, M L Sharma said that the case was sub-judice and Singh had not been convicted. Supporting Sharma’s claims, in the documentary, Singh’s first interview — at 5.26 minutes into the movie — recorded inside Tihar shows him wearing a black and white checked shirt.

As per the jail manual, only undertrial prisoners wear casual clothes. A convicted prisoner wears the jail uniform at all times.

Udwin has been claiming that when the interview was taken, Singh was already convicted and the interview was only shot after the permission was received.

“When that lady came to interview me, she told me she had interviewed Mukesh in September before the verdict convicting him. She also interviewed him after that. At that time, in September I wasn’t his lawyer but then I was reinstated. She also wanted to interview Pawan but I told him to refuse consent,” Sharma told HT.

His introduction in the movie reads -- convicted of rape, unnatural sex and murder. However, the footage of Singh was shot on the first week of September 2013 and his conviction happened on 10th of the same month and the sentence was declared four days later.

A source from Tihar Jail administration also confirmed that soon after the conviction, all the appearances made before the family, or any outside visitor is in the prison uniform. “Undertrails do not wear uniforms but as soon as the conviction happens the prisoner is mandatorily clad in the prison uniform. This is compulsory before any visitor,” the jail official said.

He added that if the interview is shot inside the jail premises then there is a high possibility that Singh was still awaiting trial.

In the course of the film, Udwin said that seven rape convicts were interviewed but only Singh’s interview became a part of the final movie. Footage of Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta is used in the film but no verbal interview is shown.

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