Pawar slapper`s judicial custody extended
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Last Updated: Friday, December 09, 2011, 18:27
  
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday extended by 14 days the judicial custody of Harvinder Singh who had slapped Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar at a function here.

Singh, who has been ordered to remain in the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) till December 12 for examination of his mental condition, was produced before the court after the expiry of his judicial remand.

"The judicial custody of the accused is extended till December 23," Metropolitan Magistrate Jasjeet Kaur said.

Singh was admitted at IHBAS for tests on December 2 as per the court's directive and the magistrate had asked the medical superintendent of the Institute to authorise a doctor to personally produce his reports.

Singh's bail plea is listed for hearing on December 12.

Seeking bail, the counsel for Singh said the accused was undergoing psychiatric treatment for the last four years and as per a Supreme Court order, a mentally challenged person cannot be held guilty even for murder.

The lawyer argued Singh was being persecuted only because he slapped a Union minister and an influential person while no case was registered against him for slapping former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram.

The prosecutor had, however, opposed his bail saying he was a threat to society and cannot be allowed to roam free.

Singh, a small-time transporter, had assaulted Pawar on November 24 outside an auditorium on Parliament Street after a public function, saying it was a protest against price rise and corruption. Private security guards overpowered Singh after the incident.

Singh had also attacked Sukh Ram outside a court here on November 19 after he was sentenced to five years in jail in a 1996 corruption case.

PTI


First Published: Friday, December 09, 2011, 18:27


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