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HC seeks report on Medhiís health

File picture of KMSS general secretary Kamal Medhi outside the CJM’s court in Guwahati

Guwahati, April 30: Gauhati High Court today sought a medical report from the Guwahati Central Jail doctor on the health condition of arrested KMSS leader Kamal Medhi.

A single-judge bench of Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak today passed the order after hearing a criminal petition (number 393/2014) filed by the state government challenging a lower court order on April 28 rejecting a prayer filed by police for Medhiís 10-day custody. The state government filed the petition yesterday.

Medhi was arrested on April 19 in connection with the February 24 self-immolation involving Pranab Boro.

The high court asked the jail doctor to submit his report by May 2, which has been fixed as the date for the final hearing of the petition.

Bablu Sutradhar, additional chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup (metro), did not send Medhi to police custody and instead remanded him in judicial custody after considering his physical condition.

Medhiís counsel had informed the court that he had sustained serious injuries on his legs after alleged police assault during his arrest and he could not even walk without support.

The public prosecutor today argued in the high court that the lower court order was erroneous since a medical report on the condition of the accused was not called for.

The public prosecutor also stated a personís physical condition or nature of injuries suffered by him cannot be determined merely on the basis of visual impression.