A local court on Wednesday asked the Delhi Police to carry out a medical examination of the mental health of Harvinder Singh, and submit the report by December 5.
Singh had recently slapped union minister Sharad Pawar.
The court ordered the test to be conducted at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) after his counsel, pleading for grant of bail to him, claimed that his client was suffering from mental illness since 2004.
“Let the accused be medically examined at IHBAS.... and reports be submitted on December 5,” said Jasjeet Kaur, metropolitan magistrate.
Advocate Kapil Dhaka, appearing for Singh, said his client was suffering from mental illness and needed proper medication.
He said Singh should be given bail as investigation was over and no purpose would be served by keeping him in jail. The public prosecutor, however, opposed Singh’s bail plea, saying he was a “grave threat to society”.
“Before slapping Pawar, Singh had also assaulted former telecom minister Sukh Ram and shown no signs of remorse,” the prosecutor said.
“The accused had planned the assault on Pawar in advance. Had he been suffering from mental illness, it would have not been possible for him to execute the plan in this manner,” he added.