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Stripping in court, parents of ex-RAW official seek her

The parents of Nisha Priya Bhatia apologised to Justice Ajit Bharihoke and pleaded for her release from the Institute of Human Behaviours and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) on the ground that she was not mentally ill.



New Delhi: The parents of a former woman
official of India`s external intelligence wing RAW, who was
sent to a hospital for mental check-up after she stripped
herself in a courtroom, on Monday tendered an apology before the
Delhi High Court and sought her release from hospital.

The parents of Nisha Priya Bhatia apologised to Justice
Ajit Bharihoke and pleaded for her release from the
Institute of Human Behaviours and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) on
the ground that she was not mentally ill.

The court, which had first ordered Bhatia`s detention and
then sent her to the hospital for the check-up after taking
note of the indecent acts, today refused to interfere with its
earlier order.

She may go home if the doctors advise so, Justice
Bharihoke said.

Bhatia, in her 40s, had created a ruckus in the open
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 behaviour of the petitioner (Bhatia) in baring
herself in the open court is highly deplorable and it gives an
impression that she is not mentally sound. It is not a case of
solitary instance but she, even in the post-lunch session,
tried to indulge in the same act, which is not expected from a
normal person," Justice Bharihoke had said, while ordering her
mental health check-up.

The court had asked the SHO concerned to take her to
the Institute of Human Behaviours and Allied Sciences (IHBAS)
for a check up.

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.

Bhatia 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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