New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday asked for more
evidence to support a plea for lodging a FIR against senior
Congress leader Digvijay Singh for allegedly beating a man,
who had purportedly tried to attack party spokesperson
Janardhan Dwivedi with a shoe last June.
Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Jay Thareja, who was expected
to pronounce his order today on the plea of complainant Sunil
Kumar Sharma, who had allegedly tried to attack Dwivedi on
June 6 last year at the AICC headquarters, asked him to bring
in more evidence on April 21.
The magistrate said at this time no conclusive evidence
has been produced by Sharma for lodging an FIR against Singh.
The court gave opportunity to Sharma to lead more evidence
in support of his allegations against Singh and posted the
matter for further hearing on April 21.
Sharma has filed a complaint for lodging the criminal case
against Singh accusing the senior Congress leader of beating
him along with others after the alleged shoe-brandishing
Sharma, posing as a journalist, had come close to Dwivedi
during a press conference on June 6 last year and after
removing his shoe and had allegedly brandished it at Dwivedi.
41-year-old Sharma was later arrested by police under
Section 107 (apprehension of breach of peace and tranquility)
and Section 151 (disruption of public peace) of the CrPC.
The counsel for Sharma had told the court that his client
hailed from Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan and had come to
meet Mukul Wasnik, the Union Minister and party affairs
in-charge for Rajasthan, to lodge a complaint about the bad
state of roads in his district.
Sharma`s counsel had told the court that Wasnik not being
in the office, his client was asked by the party workers to
wait for him and sit in the hall where the press conference
was going on.
Sharma saw questions being asked to the Congress leader
and himself raised a query relating to the problems in his
district but after being "humiliated", he showed the shoe to
the leader, the lawyer had said.
His counsel had said after the incident Digvijay Singh
beat him up along with others whom he could not recognise.
He has sought a direction to the Tuglaq Road police
station in-charge to lodge a First Information Report and
conduct a "free and fair" investigation into his complaint and
also to produce the report of Sharma`s medical examination.