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Nirbhaya : Delhi Court disposes convicts’ lawyer’s plea seeking documents from Tihar

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NEW DELHI:  A Delhi court on Saturday said no further supervision was required on a plea filed by the lawyer of the death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case. The court then and disposed of the petition.

Advocate A P Singh, appearing for the convicts, claimed that the prison authorities were not handing over certain documents required to file mercy and curative petitions.

He further said though he had received some documents on Friday night from the jail authorities, but Vinay’s personal diary and medical documents have not been supplied. The lawyer alleged that Vinay was being slow poisoned and was hospitalised, but his medical reports are not being provided to him.

“Tihar jail authorities clarify there is no such records. Vinay was being slow poisoned. That’s why he was sent to hospital. Vinay made several paintings, and also what he earned from those paintings needs to be informed to the President about it. Also, what he earned from those paintings needs to be informed,” Singh said.

The public prosecutor claimed that the convicts are only adopting “delaying tactics”. “The entire process is to defeat the law. We have already supplied all the documents. We acquire all the documents from all the jails where they went,” the counsel said.

He then produced the diary of one of the convicts, Vinay Kumar Sharma, which he had named ‘Darinda’, and several paintings and other documents before the court. “These are all we have. If the court administers, we can hand these over to the convicts right now,” the counsel said. Singh had moved an application alleging that the jail authorities were yet to give the documents which are needful to file the mercy petition for Vinay (26) and healing petitions for Akshay (31) and Pawan (25). The Supreme Court had recently dismissed the curative petitions of the other two convicts — Vinay and Mukesh Singh (32).

Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain said the convicts’ lawyer can take pictures of the pertinent documents, diary and paintings from the Tihar jail authorities.

President Kovind had on January 17 rejected the petition, three days after it was filed. According to the court order the hanging of all four is to take place on February 1 at 6 am.

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