The proceedings of the December 16 gangrape trial were deferred for Friday,after two of the accused in the case fell seriously ill on Thursday.
The fast-track court hearing the case deferred the examination of an official of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) for Friday after Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma were found absent from the court on account of ill-health. The CFSL official was recently added to the list of prosecution witnesses for his role in photographing the bus in which the incident took place.
While Vinay has been in hospital since May 3,Pawans fell sick last Sunday after he complained of fever and suffered several nose-bleeds. He even suffered nose-bleeds and giddiness on Monday and Tuesday inside the courtroom while the proceedings were on and had to be rushed to court dispensary.
Pawans counsel advocate Vivek Sharma said his client reported his illness to the jail authorities for the first time last week. The doctors at the hospital inside Tihar Jail gave him medicines and injections,but his health did not improve. On Sunday morning,blood started oozing out of his nose. Since then,he has been suffering several nose-bleeds, Sharma told the court of Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna.
The lawyer said if Pawan has to be admitted to a hospital,he would file a writ petition in the High Court to conduct a judicial enquiry into why the accused were suddenly falling ill.
The situation and circumstances that have developed till now suggest something wrong is going on inside Tihar Jail. Otherwise,why would two young,healthy lads suddenly suffer from health problems? Just because they are accused in a case does not mean they lose their constitutional rights, Sharma said.
Meanwhile,Health Minister A K Walia told Newsline that all parameters in Vinays bone-marrow test conducted at LN Hospital were normal. His bone-marrow report was normal,so we have ruled out any blood disorder. Symptoms indicate an enteric fever, Walia said.
Departmental enquiry against 7 cops
The Centre on Thursday informed the Delhi High Court that a departmental enquiry has been initiated against seven policemen in connection with the December 16 gangrape case.
The policemen,who were manning the PCR van in the area through which the bus had passed,have also come under the scanner of enquiry.
Appearing for Ministry of Home Affairs,Additional Solicitor General Rajeeve Mehra told the bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath that departmental enquiry has been initiated against as many as seven police personnel including staff of a PCR van who were on duty on December 16,2012.