One of the four accused in the December 16 gang-rape case on Monday sought a direction from a special court here that he be provided milk, fruits and newspapers inside Tihar Central Jail to aid his preparations for a test on April 7 for recruitment of clerks in the Indian Air Force.

Accused Vinay Sharma moved the plea before Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna and sought “proper food and newspapers”. The court has asked jail authorities for their response.

Meanwhile, for the second consecutive day, the judge took exception to defence lawyers arriving late to attend the proceedings and cautioned them that he would seek a replacement for them if this continued.