AGENCIES, New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday dismissed Nirbhaya gang rape convict Vinay Sharma’s plea seeking treatment at Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) for ‘mental illness.’
The prosecution on Saturday contested before the court the plea of Sharma and said that he was “mentally unstable”, saying the injuries sustained by him were “self-inflicted”.
Public Prosecutor (PP) Irfan Ahmed argued, “The convict is regularly examined. The vitals are intact. All injuries are self-inflicted and superficial.” After the conclusion of arguments on behalf of the prosecution and the convict, Additional Session Judge Dharmendra Rana reserved his order on the application.
During the hearing, Ahmed apprised the court that Sharma, who complained of pain in the right hand and head, was attended to immediately following his call for medical aid. The counsel contended that Sharma subsequently rammed his head on the wall of his cell in Tihar jail and was given medical aid.
The prison authorities also provided CCTV footage in the court, saying Sharma’s claim was a “bundle of distorted facts”. PP said there is no medical history of mental instability of Sharma as claimed by the convict’s counsel AP Singh.
“He (Sharma) is not medically unfit, not recognising mother and doctors are all false allegations. He had made two phone calls recently to his mother and his lawyer, so why is his lawyer claiming that the convict is not even in the position to identify his mother,” he added.
In the previous hearing, Singh had told the court that his client suffers from mental illness, schizophrenia and has failed to recognise his counsel and family.
On February 17, the court fixed March 3 as the fresh date of the hanging of the four convicts in the case – Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Thakur.