"On Friday, when the SHO arrived, I was allowed to meet my client and that too in the presence of two police officers. Scared of their presence, Puri was not able to communicate with me properly, nor could he speak of his possible poor treatment in the lock-up," Baswana said. According to the lawyer, Puri looked as if he was ill-treated and suspected that his client was even beaten up.
"He is not a hardened criminal and cannot be treated like murderer. Today, he requested me for medicines, as he entire body ached. He, in a way, tried to indicate he was being thrashed in the lock-up," the lawyer said.
On Saturday, Puri was taken for a medical examination at the civil hospital here.
The police, however, denied Baswana's allegations that Puri was physically abused in custody. "We did not allow the two to meet in isolation as the accused is involved in a serious financial crime running in over hundreds of crores of rupees. We cannot afford to take any risk in this matter. On Saturday, the accused was not available as he was taken to Delhi for an investigation," the SHO said.