New Delhi: As March 20 — the date on which the four convicts are scheduled to be hanged — is inching closer, a new case has come up as Pawan Gupta’s counsel AP Singh complained that Pawan was physically assaulted by two police personnel. This is not the first time that the issue has been raised. But this time, they approached a court seeking action against the jail authorities. On Thursday, a Delhi court has sought the Action Taken Report (ATR) from Mandoli Jail authorities. Also Read - Nirbhaya Gangrape Case: President Rejects Pawan Gupta's Mercy Plea. What is Next?
A direction was given to the jail authorities to file the report by April 8. It was, however, clarified by the court that this direction won’t have a bearing on the hanging and the same won’t be stayed because of it, a TOI report said. Also Read - Delhi Court Refuses to Stay Nirbhaya Convicts' Execution Tomorrow; Pawan Gupta's Counsel Files Another Mercy Petition
According to reports, the incident of physical assault took place in July inside jail number 14 in Central jail, Mandoli, when Pawan was thrashed very badly. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: March 3 Hanging on Track as SC Junks Curative Plea of Pawan Gupta
“Blood oozed from his head and only after repeated requests and a prolonged delay he was sent to GTB Hospital,” the plea claimed. It also said that at that time Pawan’s father approached the police, but was not entertained.