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Court grants bail to man who hurled shoe at judge

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 19:38

New Delhi: A court here on Wednesday granted bail to a man who threw a shoe at a judge yesterday soon after he acquitted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar of all charges in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Muneesh Garg granted bail to 43-year-old Karnail Singh who had hurled a shoe at District Judge J R Aryan who pronounced the verdict in the riots case.

The court granted bail to All India Sikhs Students Federation President Karnail Singh Peer Mohammed on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs 20,000 and two sureties of like amount and also asked him not to leave the country as part of the bail conditions.

Earlier in the day, the court had sent him to judicial custody till May 15, subsequent to which he had moved the plea seeking bail.

The prosecution opposed his bail plea saying his act was meant to "hamper court proceedings" and show "disrespect" to a senior judicial officer.

Advocate Kamna Vohra, appearing for Singh, countered the prosecution`s contention saying the incident had occurred after the proceedings were over and added that her client has been coming to the court, in the riots case, for last three years regularly and has never behaved like this.

"There was no intention to harm the district judge. It was only after the court acquitted Sajjan Kumar that Singh was shocked and to vent his anger, he just hurled the shoe in the air and not towards the judge. His intention was not to disrespect and hurt the judge," the counsel said.

She said the court granted bail to Singh after considering that he is a middle-aged person and have clean antecedents.

After the incident, Singh was detained by the police within the court complex. He was arrested later in the evening.

A case under sections 186 (obstructing public servant from discharging duties) and 353 (assault) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.


First Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 19:38
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