Mentally, physically disabled youth sent to jail

April 1st, 2009 - 11:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, April 1 (IANS) A mentally and physically disabled man, booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), was Wednesday sent to jail by an Uttar Pradesh court, with his lawyer crying foul.
“Anil Singh, 24, who is of unsound mind, was sent to jail by a special chief judicial magistrate’s (CJM, custom) court in Lucknow,” Rakesh Sharma, Singh’s counsel, told reporters.

Singh has been booked under various sections of the IPC, including 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), in a case of a property dispute, Sharma said.

Around three years ago, K.K. Shukla, a neighbour of Singh, a resident of Sanuddipur village in Lucknow, accused him and his family of grabbing his land and registered a case against him at the Ghazipur police station in Lucknow, he added.

“It’s really surprising and shocking how the investigating officer of the case booked Singh under various sections of IPC, following which he was jailed,” Sharma said.

Sharma said, apart from the CJM court, the sessions court too rejected Singh’s bail application though he was even presented before the judges.

According to Sharma, Singh’s medical reports show he is mentally retarded.

The case will come up for next hearing April 4, Sharma said, who is now planning to move the human rights commission.

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