Delhi's Patiala House Court on Saturday dismissed the petition of convict Vinay Sharma, seeking direction to provide high-level medical treatment to him. Vinay was seeking treatment at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) for mental illness as his lawyer AP Singh told the court that the convict is suffering from mental illness, schizophrenia and he also failed to recognize his family member and counsel.
According to Vinay's plea, his counsel found that the convict had a fracture in his right arm with plaster, severe head injury, and he was also suffering from insanity.
During the hearing of the arguments, the court said, "General anxiety and depression in case of a death row convict is obvious. In the case at hand, evidently, adequate medical treatment and psychological help have been provided to the condemned convict."
However, the Tihar Jail authorities told a local court that Vinay’s injuries are self-inflicted as he himself struck his head against the wall, which can be seen in the CCTV footage submitted by the jail authorities to the court.
The public prosecutor, representing the Tihar jail authority said that the petition was a "bundle of distorted facts." He further said that the jail doctors regularly examine all convicts and Sharma's medical history revealed that he is not suffering from any mental health issue as claimed by his lawyer AP Singh.
Refuting the claims of convicts' lawyer, the public prosecutor said that Vinay's examination at any hospital is not required.
On February 17, the court had issued a fresh death warrant for the execution against all the four convicts of the 2012-Delhi Nirbhaya gangrape case, on March 3 at 6 am.
While speaking to media, Asha Devi, mother of Delhi gang-rape case victim said, "It was a tactic to delay the execution. The convicts are misleading courts. They have exhausted almost all legal remedies and I believe that they will be hanged on March 3."