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Ex-RAW official to spend more time in mental health clinic: HC

A former woman official of RAW, who had created a ruckus by stripping in a courtroom, will have to spent ten more days in a mental health hospital.



New Delhi: A former woman official of RAW,
who had created a ruckus by stripping in a courtroom in the
Delhi High Court last week, will have to spent ten more days
in a mental health hospital after the judge today rejected her
plea for release from there.

Justice Ajit Bharihoke granted 10 more days to the
doctors in the Institute of Human Behaviours and Allied
Sciences (IHBAS) to keep Nisha Priya Bhatia, who is in her
40s, under observation while allowing the plea of the medical
experts.

Nisha`s parents, who had earlier tendered an apology
before the court, had filed a petition seeking their
daughter`s release from IHBAS on the ground that they are old
and no other family member is there to take care of her two
young daughters at home.

The parents submitted that they had met the doctors who
told them that Nisha`s condition is stable.

Referring to the court`s earlier order that she may go
home if the doctors so advise, they said that in case the
doctors required Nisha for any medical test as a part of the
treatment, she could be called from home for it.

Justice Bharihoke rejected the plea of Nisha`s parents
for her early release while noting that the doctors needed
more time to observe her at IHBAS.

The court, which had initially ordered Nisha`s
detention on January 20, had later sent her to the hospital
for a check-up after taking note of the indecent acts.

Nisha had created a ruckus by stripping in the
courtroom as the judge adjourned the hearing on her petition
against Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey
and Metropolitan Magistrate Pritam Singh.

The former RAW officer, who had tried to commit suicide
outside the Prime Minister`s Office in August 2008, first
bared herself in the open courtroom and later repeated the
act in the chamber hearing.

The court had asked the station house officer concerned
to take her to IHBAS for a checkup.

The former official, who once headed the training cell
of the Research and Analysis Wing, had filed a petition
against the lower court judges alleging they attempted to help
Ashok Chaturvedi, her boss and former Secretary of RAW.

She had accused Chaturvedi of sexual harassment and
calling her into his office at odd times and passing lewd
remarks, a charge denied by Chaturvedi.

Nisha had in August 2008 tried to commit suicide
outside the Prime Minister`s Office and was also termed
mentally unstable by the Cabinet Secretariat which controls
RAW.

PTI

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