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Pravin Mahajan wants psychiatric tests
May 08, 2006 14:30 IST
Pravin Mahajan, held on charges of murdering elder brother and Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Pramod Mahajan, might approach a sessions court or the Bombay high court seeking permission to undergo psychiatric tests, his lawyer Nandkumar Rajurkar has said.
A magistrate has thrice rejected Pravin's plea to appoint a panel of doctors for undergoing psychiatric tests without giving any reason.
"As the magistrate before whom Pravin was produced for remand has not granted his plea for undergoing psychiatric examination, the only option before us is to move either the sessions court or the high court after seeking instructions from my client," Rajurkar told PTI.
Rajurkar said he had earlier urged the magistrate of the remand court to let Pravin undergo psychiatric tests as he wanted to show that the accused was not in proper frame of mind when he shot his elder brother.
The court should know the state of mind of the accused and this should be done at the earliest, he said.
Pravin had earlier given a statement to police saying he had shot at his brother because he was being neglected and humiliated by him. On the day of the incident, Pravin said, his elder brother ignored his presence and asked him to approach his personal assistant to seek an appointment and this had provoked him.
Pravin will be in judicial custody till May 17 as the police await forensic reports.