Chahal sobs in court, alleges torture by police


Chandigarh : It was an emotional scene in the Punjab and Haryana High Court Tuesday when Punjab's former media adviser Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, till recently regarded as one of the most powerful men in the state, sobbed before the judge seeking mercy from Punjab Police.

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Chahal, who could be produced before Justice Uma Nath Singh – whom the high court lawyers were boycotting Tuesday for ruling a fellow lawyer "insane" – after much difficulty, started sobbing in the court alleging that he was being tortured and humiliated by the Punjab Police while in custody.

The judge ruled that Chahal be sent to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi for medical examination on his allegations of torture.

Chahal alleged that he was beaten and given electric shocks on his private parts during custodial interrogation by Punjab Police officials. He claimed that other inmates were being asked to urinate on him to humiliate him.

Chahal, who was media adviser during the term of chief minister Amarinder Singh, had to plead his case himself as lawyers refused to enter the court of Judge Singh.

Punjab Police have slapped several cases on him ranging from attempt to murder, land grabbing, criminal conspiracy, intimidation, corruption and cheating.

When the court asked Chahal how he had amassed such huge wealth as alleged by the Punjab vigilance wing, he tried to provide justification for the same.

Chahal had to wait for several hours in a security tent outside the high court as lawyers did not allow anyone to enter the court due to their protest.