NEW DELHI: A trial court on Monday granted bail to Arvinder Singh, who was arrested last month for slapping Union Minister Sharad Pawar at a public function, on the condition that he will not indulge in violence in the future.
The court allowed Singh bail on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 with one surety of the same amount and directed him to incorporate an undertaking while executing the bail bond that he will not indulge in violence in future.
The court, however, firmly disapproved of his violent ways of protest. “Violence in any form at any place irrespective of the grievance of an individual is to be neither preached nor approved. The applicant (Singh) may have his own ways to express his anger,” District Judge (DJ) H S Sharma said. “However, at the same time, he is to shun violence. Ours is a land of Gautam and Gandhi where non-violence has always been preached and followed,” the judge added.
To Singh’s plea that he was suffering from mental disorder and should be enlarged on bail, the judge said it might be his “defence strategy” but held that no useful purpose would be served by keeping him in custody. “No useful purpose will be served by keeping him in jail,” the judge said.
Singh had approached the sessions court after his bail plea was earlier dismissed by a magisterial court, which had directed the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences to get him medically examined within 10 days and submit the report to it on December 22. Singh, a small-time transporter, had assaulted Pawar outside an auditorium after a public function, saying it was his protest against price rise and corruption. Singh had earlier slapped former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram in Rohini court premises minutes after the politician was sentenced to jail in a corruption case.