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Pannu case: suspect remanded in judicial custody

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 04, 2013
First Published: 15:43 IST(4/7/2013) | Last Updated: 22:54 IST(4/7/2013)

The district court here on Thursday remanded Ludhiana resident Gurvinder Singh, who was arrested on June 30 for uploading a video clip of the assault on Punjab-cadre IAS officer KS Pannu in Uttarakhand, in judicial custody till July 17.

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Gurvinder (45), alias Baba Panesar, whose four-day police remand ended on Thursday, was produced before civil judge (senior division)-cum-chief judicial magistrate Shiv Mohan Garg.

He had been arrested under Section 66-A of the Information Technology (IT) Act and sections 295-A, 298 (both pertaining to hurting religious sentiments), 500 (defamation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) after Pannu lodged a complaint with the Punjab Police, stating that the clip uploaded on websites such as Facebook and YouTube had hurt his sentiments and this was done to humiliate him.

Gurvinder's family, which was present in the court, alleged that he had been implicated in a false case.
Speaking to HT, his elder brother Harvansh Singh said, "My brother is a Class-8 passout. He does not even know how to operate the internet."

He said Gurvinder, a taxi driver, had been taking tourists to Uttarakhand for the past 10 years.

"Gurvinder had told the media that the support promised by the Punjab government was not reaching the needy in the flood-ravaged state. Besides, some taxi drivers could also be involved in implicating him," alleged Harvansh.

The Punjab Police have so far failed to arrest any of the accused in the assault case. Even the identity of the assailants is yet to be established.

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