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Court allows Rahul's counsel to meet him

However, it refused to entertain a plea that a doctor and a lawyer be present throughout the duration of his police custody.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 18:40 IST

A Delhi courton Wednesdayallowed Rahul Mahajan's counsel to meet his client for an hour on Wednesday evening, even as it refused to entertain a plea that a doctor and a lawyer be present throughout the remaining duration of his police custody.

Metropolitan Magistrate AK Chaturvedi permitted Sunil Mittal and Harsh Khanna to meet late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's son at the Tughlaq Road Police Station between 1900 and 2000 hours on Wednesday evening.

Rahul is expected to be produced in court on Thursday, when his police custody ends.

The court similarly allowed counsel Manoj Taneja to meet his client Sahil Zarru between 1800 and 1900 hours everyday till June 12, when his police custody comes to an end.

However, it refused to entertain an application filed on Rahul's behalf, apprehending ill-treatment by investigating officials and requesting the presence of a doctor and a lawyer throughout his custodial interrogation.

Observing that such permission would defeat the very purpose of police remand, the court said that such presence of was "neither permissible nor desirable throughout custody".

During arguments, appearing for the prosecution, counsel BS Joon had opposed the defence application, on grounds that any such order would hamper investigations.

Joon also pointed out that Rahul, on his production in court, had at no point suggested that he was being mistreated by police officials in any way.

In a related development, the late BJP leader's key aide Harish Sharma and his driver Ganesh, accused of destruction of evidence in the drug abuse case, were granted bail for personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each and surety of like amount.

First Published: Jun 07, 2006 18:40 IST