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The bail plea in a special court has been opposed by the Delhi Police for the one of the four accused in the December 16 gang-rape case, saying he may abscond and tamper with the evidence if enlarged on bail.

During the day, the start of the proceedings in the case got delayed by an hour as Mukesh, another co-accused and brother of deceased Ram Singh, was rushed to Safdurjung hospital after he complained of chest pain. Later, he appeared before the court after doctors discharged him by opining he had “gastric discomfort”.

Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan, replying to the bail plea of accused Vinay Sharma, said he cannot be granted the relief on grounds of pursuing studies as he will have “enough time” to study in prison and moreover, he may abscond and tamper with the proof in the case.

“Accused (Vinay) in his bail application has mentioned that he is a student of BA and his studies are affected. In this regard, it is submitted that Vinay has enough time to study in judicial custody.

“In view of the above facts, the bail application of Vinay is strongly opposed as the main prosecution witnesses are yet to be examined and if bail is granted, he may jump the bail and tamper with evidence,” Krishnan told Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna.

Earlier, Vinay had sought bail on grounds including that he has to attend his ailing mother in a hospital.

The prosecution, in its reply, said Vinay’s mother is not hospitalized and was found in her house and “therefore, it is requested that the bail application of Vinay may kindly be dismissed for the sake of justice.”


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