New Delhi: Ram Singh, the suspect in the Delhi gang-rape who killed himself on Monday, appeared on a television show three years ago, demanding compensation from his former employer after injuring both his hands in a bus accident.
Ram Singh, 33, who drove the bus while the December 16 attack took place and also raped the woman, appeared on the program 'Aap Ki Kaccheri', a former reality show in which contestants faced each other in a makeshift court presided over by Kiran Bedi, a former top police officer and anti-corruption crusader.
Singh, who had been working as a driver, lost the case.
The employer "proved before us that Ram Singh had unauthorized driven out his vehicle and damaged his bus!" Bedi said in an email. "It was his fault."
"He got no compensation from us!" she added.
In the 2011 episode, which can be seen on YouTube, Singh demanded financial help from bus owner Ganga Dutt.
"I want compensation for injuring both my hands," he said mournfully, holding both arms stiffly by his side. He said he had injured himself while driving Dutt's bus.
Dutt refused to pay the driver any compensation, accusing him of driving the bus "rashly and negligently" and drinking on the job.
Singh then told Bedi he needed compensation because he had a small child.
Bedi asked if Dutt would pay the bus driver something "out of a sense of humanity."
Dutt offered Singh a job as a mechanic's assistant, offering less than half of the Rs 9,000 Singh had earned each month as a driver.