Pawar's assailant granted bail
New Delhi: Arvinder Singh, who was arrested
for slapping Union Minister Sharad Pawar at a function here
last month, was on Monday granted bail by a Delhi court.
District Judge HS Sharma granted bail to Singh while
directing him not to indulge in any violent activity in the
future. Singh was granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 10,000
and a surety of like amount.
While pleading for bail, Singh had on December 16 told
the court that he had suffered a bout of mental disorder and
lost his senses minutes before the incident on November 24,
Singh said that he had been suffering from mental
disorder and undergoing regular treatment since 2004.
His counsel RS Dhaka had contended his client had been
falsely implicated in the "petty case" of slapping due to
political pressure and it was a fit case for bail.
The police, however, had opposed Singh's bail plea,
saying he is a threat to society and there was an apprehension
that he might repeat his offence.
Singh, a small-time transporter, had assaulted Pawar
outside an auditorium on Parliament Street after a public
function, saying it was a protest against price rise and
Singh had earlier slapped former Telecom Minister Sukh
Ram in Rohini court premises minutes after the Himachal
Pradesh politician was sentenced to jail in a corruption case.
Earlier, on December 14, a magistrate had dismissed
Singh's bail plea saying as per the medical report received
from Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS)
he is a patient of "bipolar affective disorder" and requires
treatment for two-three weeks before he could be examined by
the medical board.
The court had also directed the IHBAS Director to get
Singh medically examined from a medical board within 10 days
and submit the report on December 22.