Bhardwaj murder case: Three accused refuse to undergo TIP

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Bhardwaj murder
New Delhi, Apr 2: Three accused, arrested for their alleged roles in the killing of BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj, today refused to undergo the test identification parade (TIP) in a Delhi court. The accused, including Sunil Mann (26) and Purushottam Rana (30) who had allegedly shot dead 62-year-old Bhardwaj on March 26 in his farmhouse in south Delhi's Rajokri area, were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Prashant Sharma During the proceedings, the Delhi Police moved an application seeking their TIP.

The court marked the application to MM Jasjeet Kaur where Rana, Mann and third accused Amit, who was allegedly driving the car used by the shooters. MM Kaur asked the trio, who had their faces muffled, as whether they were willing to undergo TIP but they refused claiming that the police had already clicked their photographs.

The court, however, told them, "You know that refusal to undergo TIP will go against you in the proceedings later on" but the three accused maintained their stand. Earlier, when the three were produced before MM Sharma, Mann's advocate J P Singh moved an application saying his client be medically examined every 12 hours and the counsel should be allowed to meet him also every 12 hours.

The public prosecutor, however, opposed the plea saying it will not be feasible because there is a possibility that Mann may be taken out of Delhi for further investigation in the case and it may include some places where hospital facility may not be available. The prosecutor told the court that their probe into the case is going on and the police is investigating the case from all possible angles.

After hearing the arguments from both the sides, MM Sharma reserved his order which will be pronounced later today. 

PTI

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