Accusing the Kapurthala jail superintendent of not complying with the September 28 court order for constitution of a board for medical examination of Kulbir Singh Barapind, who was booked in a sedition case, the lawyer of Barapind on Monday filed an application in the court to seek legal action against the officials concerned.
"On September 25, Barapind, in the court of judicial magistrate first class Jatinder Pal Singh, complained that during his police remand he was tortured by the police by applying electric shocks and demanded his medical examination," advocate of Barapind Kashmir Singh Malhi told the Hindustan Times.
Acting on the complaint, the court on September 28 had directed the chief medical officer (CMO) of the civil hospital, Jalandhar, to constitute a medical board for medical examination of Barapind, said Malhi, while showing the copy of the order, adding that even the jail superintendent of Kapurthala was also directed to do the needful for medical examination of Barapind as per rules and even ordered to ensure the compliance of the order.
Despite the fact that more than 20 days have passed, nothing has been done regarding the constitution of the medical board, he said.
"The prosecution/inquiry officer has not complied with the order passed by the court intentionally as the prosecution was in knowledge that the applicant was tortured by way of applying electric shocks," Malhi, in his application to the court, stated, urging the court to take appropriate action against the prosecution, inquiry officer, superintendent of central jail, Kapurthala, and CMO of the civil hospital, Jalandhar, in the interest of justice.
Barapind was arrested on September 22 under Sections 121 (waging war against the state), 121-A (conspiracy to wage war against the state) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, Sections 3/4/5 of the Explosive Act, 1984, Section 25 of the Arms Act and under the Unlawful Activity Act, 1967.
After searching the two houses of Barapind in his native village, the raiding party recovered a pistol along with six live cartridges. Besides, a weapon cleaning material, one sealed security camera, two night vision binoculars, three laptops, one video camera, one digital camera, two walky-talky sets, seditious literature, two bullet proof jackets and one red beacon.