Court Reserves Order On CB’s Plea Over Gopal Das’ Mental Health Check-Up In Bengaluru


Jharsuguda: The Jharsuguda additional sessions Court today concluded the hearing and reserved the order on the application filed by the Crime Branch to conduct mental examination of Gopal Das, the accused in Naba Das murder case, in Bengaluru.

 On Saturday, the Crime Branch had applied the petition seeking permission to send the accused to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru for three weeks to undergo various psychological tests.

The JMFC court Jharsuguda had earlier dismissed CB’s application on February 20. A review petition was filed in the district court on February 21. On February 27, the district judge accepted the petition and posted the matter for hearing on Wednesday.

Gopal Das’ remand lawyer Harishankar Agarwal told the media, after the JMFC court dismissed the application filed by the Crime Branch to check his mental condition, a revision application was filed in the district and sessions court. That case was transferred from the District court and heard in the Court of the Additional sessions court.

During the hearing, the CB argued “we are not asking for remand, but sought permission for examination of his mental condition in more detail in Bengaluru as there is sophisticated equipment and experts are there. The Defence lawyer countered the CB’s plea that sending him to police custody means remand. Gopal has already been remanded to police custody for 15 days.

Meanwhile, the four-member medical board consisting of psychiatrists from Cuttack SCB Medical college has given a clean chit to Gopal mental health. The Board, after analyzing his mental status, stated that he is healthy in all aspects.

It was informed by Gopal’s remand lawyer Harishnkar Agarwal.

It has already been 31 days since the death of former minister Naba Das. The reason behind the murder is yet to come to fore.

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