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Pravin's plea for tests adjourned to June 13

Pravin, currently in judicial custody till June 14, was not produced in the court but his lawyer sought time to argue.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 17:48 IST

A local court on Thursday deferred till June 13 the plea of Pravin Mahajan to undergo psychiatric tests to determine his state of mind at the time when he shot at his brother and BJP leader Pramod Mahajan.

Pravin, currently in judicial custody till June 14, was not produced in the court but his lawyer sought time to argue.

Pravin has urged the court to subject him to psychiatric tests to determine the state of his mind prior to the incident and on April 22 when he had shot at his brother.

Twice earlier, the court had rejected his plea for psychiatric tests. Being aggrieved, he filed a fresh plea.

Pravin's lawyers Nandkumar Rajurkar and Satyaki Varma have pleaded in the petition that the court should direct the Worli police to probe into the circumstances and gather evidence which have a bearing on the state of the mind of the accused on the day of the incident and before it.

Defence lawyers alleged that police were collecting evidence which were only beneficial to the prosecution and were not gathering evidence which could benefit the accused.

Defence lawyers pointed out that the FIR focuses on the disturbed state of mind of Pravin and urged the court to direct the police to find out the circumstances that led the accused to go to his brother's house and attack him.

Urging the court to appoint a panel of psychiatric experts to determine Pravin's state of mind, the lawyers said it would be in the interest of justice to bring on record the mental and emotional state of mind of the accused prior to the incident and up to the point of reaching his brother's residence on the day of the incident.