Pawar attacker to continue at mental hospital

The youth, who had slapped Union Minister Sharad Pawar, was today ordered by a Delhi court to stay at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) till December 12 for additional tests.

Updated: Dec 05, 2011, 15:12 PM IST

New Delhi: The youth, who had slapped Union
Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, was today ordered by
a Delhi court to stay at the Institute of Human Behaviour and
Allied Sciences (IHBAS) till December 12 for additional tests
to ascertain his mental health.

Extending the hospital stay of Harvinder Singh, who was
admitted at IHBAS for medical tests on December 2 as per a
court`s directive, Metropolitan Magistrate Jasjeet Kaur asked
the institute`s medical superintendent to authorise a doctor
to produce Singh`s medical report personally before her.

The court ordered Singh`s additional tests after going
through a preliminary report which the institute had
submitted to it as per its November 30 order in response to a
plea by Singh`s counsel that he was suffering from mental
illness.

The court adjourned the hearing on Singh`s bail plea for
the time being and he will be produced in court on December 9,
when his judicial custody expires.

Seeking bail for Singh, his counsel said his client is
undergoing psychiatric treatment for four years and as per a
Supreme Court order, a mentally sick person cannot be held
guilty even for killing someone.

"It is only a petty offence of slapping a person by a
mentally sick man and the Supreme Court order says a mentally
sick person cannot be convicted even if he kills someone,"
Singh`s counsel R S Dhaka said.

PTI