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Saturday, 20 February 2021

High Court orders medical test of activist Kumar

Chandigarh, February 19

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered medical examination of Shiv Kumar, who was arrested in connection with the farmers' protest along with activist Nodeep Kaur, after his father alleged that the 24-year-old activist was beaten up in illegal detention and police custody.

Taking up the plea filed by his father Rajbir through senior advocate RS Cheema and Arshdeep Singh Cheema, Justice Gurvinder Singh Gill directed the Sonepat District Jail Superintendent to get the petitioner's son immediately examined from Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, by Saturday.

Ensure thorough check-up, doctor told

  • A Medical Superintendent has been asked to ensure his thorough examination
  • Directs the state of Haryana and other respondents to ensure that the petitioner, Shiv Kumar's father Rajbir, is permitted to meet an advocate of his choice

A Medical Superintendent has been asked to ensure his thorough examination and the State of Haryana and other respondents have also been directed to ensure that the petitioner was permitted to meet an advocate of his choice.

Seeking directions for transferring the investigation of three FIRs registered at Kundli police station in Sonepat district to an independent agency such as the CBI, the petitioner also sought an independent inquiry into illegal detention and torture.

He alleged that his son was detained for seven days before he was produced before a magistrate. The Bench, during the course of argument, was told that the petitioner's son was the president of Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan. During the farmers' agitation in Kundli area, where a large number of farmers were staging a protest, the association and the petitioner were successful in amassing a number of labourers in their support.

Mobilisation of local labourers in support of the farmers annoyed the administration and a plan was devised to stifle the same. The case will come up for hearing on February 24. — TNS

from The Tribune

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