Bone marrow test for gangrape accused,jail rejects poisoning charge

In his earlier submissions,he had alleged that Vinay was being slowly poisoned in Tihar Jail,a charge rejected by prison authorities.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2013 1:36:22 am

December 16 gangrape accused Vinay Sharma,who was shifted on Tuesday evening to Lok Nayak Hospital,will undergo a bone marrow test on Thursday to let doctors ascertain whether he has a blood disorder,Delhi Health Minister A K Walia said on Wednesday. Doctors at the hospital said Vinay had “typhoid-like symptoms”.

Earlier in the day,Vinay’s counsel A P Singh told the Saket fast-track court,where the case is being tried,that his client was “vomiting blood”. In his earlier submissions,he had alleged that Vinay was being slowly poisoned in Tihar Jail,a charge rejected by prison authorities.

Tihar Jail spokesperson Sunil Gupta said: “We shifted him to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital since jail doctors found he had high fever. Doctors there said they could not identify the cause of the fever. Since it is not a superspecialty hospital,we shifted him to Lok Nayak Hospital.”

Vinay was brought to Lok Nayak Hospital around 5 pm on Tuesday. A senior doctor said: “He had high grade fever,and his blood parameters were a little faulty. We have ordered more tests. The cause of the fever will be ascertained after we have all reports. But the symptoms look like that of typhoid.”

Doctors at Lok Nayak Hospital rejected claims of Vinay “vomiting blood” or having chest pain. They clarified that contrary to his lawyer’s assertion,there was no strike in the hospital.

Singh told the fast-track court that he had visited his client on Wednesday morning. He said Vinay was coughing blood. “Doctors of the LN Hospital are on strike. He did not even have a blanket or medicines when I met him,” Singh told the court.

“Why can’t Vinay be shifted to a good private hospital?” he asked.

Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said it was not in his power to transfer Vinay to a private hospital. “It is submitted by the learned counsel that he has met the accused Vinay Sharma and doctors were on strike in the hospital (LN) and that,he still has high fever and was vomiting blood,” Khanna said.

Directing jail authorities to take “corrective” measures,Khanna said: “The jail superintendent is directed to look into the matter and if LN Hospital doctors are on strike,then shift the accused to another hospital where facilities are available.” He also sought a report from the hospital on Vinay’s condition.

Health Minister Dr A K Walia said allegations about Vinay’s poisoning “did not seem to bear any limit”,but that a series of tests,including a bone marrow test would be conducted on Thursday.

“He has a history of fever of 8-10 days. While it may be a normal viral or bacterial fever,we have scheduled a bone marrow test,to rule out any blood disorder,and other complications,” Dr Walia said.

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