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Mar 11, 2013 at 09:02am IST

Delhi gangrape-murder case: Ram Singh was not under mental stress, says his lawyer

New Delhi: The lawyer of Ram Singh, the main accused in the Delhi gangrape case who committed suicide, was 'shocked' to hear about the death of his client. Speaking to CNN-IBN, the lawyer, VK Anand said Ram Singh showed no signs of distress and had no reasons to commit suicide.

"Ram Singh was not under mental stress. I do not think there was any reason for him to commit suicide. I am shocked to hear this news," Anand said.

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Ram Singh had also wanted the trial to be shifted out of Delhi citing security concerns. "There were security concerns, so we wanted the case to be transferred out of Delhi. But Ram Singh was under no stress and was happy with the way the trial was going on," Anand said.

Ram Singh was found hanging at 5 am on Monday morning inside his cell in Tihar Jail. He was the driver of the bus in which a 23-year-old paramedical student was raped.

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Reports indicate that Ram Singh committed suicide in Tihar Jail by hanging himself using the clothes that he was wearing. He committed suicide in Jail No. 3 in Tihar Jail.

The suicide raises serious questions on the Tihar jail authorities as Ram Singh was under 'suicide watch'. The Tihar Jail authorities have ordered an inquiry into the incident and his body was taken to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for a post-mortem.

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Ram Singh, along with the other four accused, was charged with murder, gangrape, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy, dacoity, unnatural sex and common intent in the case. The sixth accused is a Juvenile and is in an observation home.

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