The youth who assaulted Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday was sent by a court here to 14 days judicial custody in Tihar Central Jail on Friday.
As Harvinder Singh was being taken out of the courtroom of Metropolitan Magistrate Jasjeet Kaur to the judicial lock-up close by, supporters of Mr. Pawar attempted to assault him but a strong police cordon warded off the attackers.
Not one to stay quiet, Harvinder, who was also involved in the attempted assault on Sukh Ram at the Rohini District court complex, raised slogans invoking Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru, and Sukh Dev, inside the courtroom. He also refused to engage a lawyer to defend him.
Harvinder was remanded in judicial custody until December 9 after the Magistrate was told that he had become “a threat to society” and should not be released.
Following the assault attempt, the NCP workers, numbering a few dozen, walked out of the Patiala House court complex where they also blocked traffic on the busy India Gate octagonal roundabout for over five minutes before police personnel from the nearby Tilak Marg police station arrived to restore order.
As the mob dispersed, Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, one of the men allegedly involved in the attack on activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, made an appearance outside Patiala House, and was spotted giving a byte to a TV news channel.
On spotting him, the agitated Pawar supporters regrouped and headed menacingly towards Bagga, who scampered inside the Patiala House court complex and took cover behind security personnel at the court. Police personnel then closed the main gate to Patiala House to deny entry to Pawar supporters.