Gang-rape case: Accused complains of chest pain, taken to hospital

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) Mukesh, one of the Dec 16 Delhi gang-rape accused, was Monday taken to Safdarjung Hospital after he complained of chest pain, leading to the day’s court hearing being adjourned for an hour.

The hearing that began at 2 p.m. had to adjourned after Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan said Mukesh, brother of deceased accused Ram Singh, could not be brought to the court as he was taken for check up after he complained of chest pain.
Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna adjourned the hearing till 3 p.m. so that Mukesh could be presented in court and the hospital’s report brought before it.
Mukesh’s counsel M.L. Sharma, after knowing about the hospitalisation of Mukesh, said that he doesn’t trust the police,
“One (brother) has died and another is in hospital. Something is fishy. I am worried about the health of Mukesh, allow me to visit him in hospital,” he said.
The court turned down his request and said Mukesh will have to come for the proceedings only if the doctors declare him fit for the same.
All the four accused – Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Thakur – were later produced before the court at 3 p.m.
Mukesh’s counsel also moved an application before the court for complete medical check-up of Mukesh and Akshay daily by the jail doctors.
The fast track court started day-to-day trial in the case after it framed charges of murder, gang-rape and kidnapping, among others, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against five of the six accused.
Proceedings against Ram Singh abated after his death earlier this month, and the case of the sixth accused, a minor, is being heard by the Juvenile Justice Board.
The 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist who was brutally raped by the six accused in a moving bus on Dec 16 had died Dec 29 in a Singapore hospital.