The driver of the bus on which a student was gangraped and fatally beaten featured three years ago on a television show that was hosted by former senior woman police officer Kiran Bedi. Ram Singh, the main accused in last month's assault on the woman in south Delhi, had sought help on the show, "AapKi Kacheri" or "Your Court", to get compensation for injuries he sustained in a bus accident, show host Bedi said.
Bedi, a celebrated former woman police officer and now an anti-corruption activist, was host of the Hindi-language programme that helped resolve civil disputes.
In that particular episode, which is available on YouTube, Singh and a bus owner who had refused his demands for compensation stood side by side at podiums as Bedi asked each man to make his case.
"Ram Singh tried to bully his former employer," Bedi told Reuters, recalling the episode.
A Delhi police officer confirmed that the man in the show was Singh, one of five men charged with the rape and murder of the 23-year-old student whose ordeal triggered nationwide protests.