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Counsels cry foul, court wants report

india Updated: Mar 12, 2013 02:20 IST
Sumit Saxena
Sumit Saxena
Hindustan Times
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A city court on Monday asked the Tihar jail authorities to file a report into the cause of the death of Ram Singh — prime accused in the murder and gang rape of a 23-year-old woman — who was found hanging in his prison cell.

The police told additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna that one of the accused in the case had committed suicide in his cell. The judge then asked the jail authorities to submit a report in the matter.

The counsels for the accused reportedly told the court that Singh was murdered, and that they feared for the lives of the other accused lodged in the jail.

After hearing the arguments of the defence counsels, the judge told the jail authority to review the security of the remaining accused, and ordered the jail authority to submit daily “security reports” to the court. The case has been listed for hearing on Tuesday afternoon.

Ram Singh, ironically, allegedly committed suicide three days after he got a favourable verdict from the Delhi High Court. On Friday, the court had allowed his plea to use as evidence a video of the interview of the victim’s male friend telecast on a news channel on January 4.

His lawyer said they wanted to bring out certain contradictions in the statement of the victim’s friend, the only witness, given to the police and in the interview and question his credibility.

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Speaking to mediapersons outside the courtroom, VK Anand, the counsel for Singh and his brother Mukesh, said: “He cannot commit suicide. He was not a person who can commit suicide. He was very happy with the way the trial was going on. I will move the Supreme Court to shift the trial outside the Capital.”

On security concerns, AP Singh, counsel for accused Vinay Sharma and Akshay Singh, said: “After the death of Ram Singh, there is no case. Jail authorities have murdered him. I want a CBI probe in the case, and my clients should be released on bail, as they are unsafe in the jail.”

The jail authorities have reportedly told the court that 33-year-old Singh allegedly hanged himself with the help of his clothes from the grills of his cell in Jail No. 3 around 5am.