MISCELLANEOUS

Court allows Pappu Yadav to take oath on March 21

NEW DELHI, MARCH 17. The Supreme Court today allowed Pappu Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal Member of Parliament from the Madhepura constituency in Bihar, lodged in the Tihar jail to take oath on March 21.

A Bench of Justice N. Santosh Hegde and Justice S.B. Sinha passed the order on an application from Mr. Yadav seeking such permission. It said that "Yadav should be taken by the Tihar Jail authority to Parliament House under police escort to take oath and should immediately be brought back to the jail."

The Bench, however, rejected Mr. Yadav's plea that he be permitted to visit his constituency for two days. On his plea for medical treatment, the Bench asked the Director-General of Health Services in the Union Health Ministry to send a competent doctor to the jail to examine him within a week and submit his report to the court within two weeks. Mr. Yadav said that he was suffering from morbid obesity, his health had deteriorated and he should be allowed to get treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The Judges said that if the doctor felt that Mr. Yadav needed hospital treatment the jail authorities might take steps in that direction.

Accused in the CPI (M) leader, Ajit Sarkar murder case, Mr. Yadav was earlier lodged in Beur jail in Patna but was shifted to Tihar here on February 19.

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