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Since 1st March, 1999
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Bundle of jokes backfires

New Delhi, Oct. 31: R.K. Sharma, the prime accused in the Shivani murder case, today tried his hand at humour in court but the magistrate was not amused.

The IPS officer, who was produced before metropolitan magistrate J.P. Narain in Delhi’s Karkardooma courts today, was bluntly told to mind his words.

After entering the courtroom, Sharma started cracking jokes with his daughters, wife and a group of friends.

He refused to sign a copy of the chargesheet and other documents handed over to him, saying he needed to go through each and every word.

Narain then told Sharma to sign on the “bundle”.

Sharma responded with a question: “Angrazee wallah bundle yaah hindi wallah bundle (English bundle or Hindi bundle)'”

The wisecrack sent ripples of laughter across the courtroom. Sharma then agreed to sign but said he would do so by starting with “on the orders of...”.

Subsequently, he kept laughing and conversed with family, friends and journalists, ignoring the fact that the magistrate was still seated.

An angry Narain asked Sharma to stop cracking jokes and ordered police to take Sharma back to jail.

As Sharma was led out of the courtroom, his family and supporters raised slogans like “R.K. Sharma zindabad” and “Advani murdabad”. He responded with a wave.

The case is scheduled to come up before the court again on November 11.

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