Utsav's parents put up defence for son

When asked about her son's act, Utsav's mother Indira Sharma told IANS: "It is all due to the current state of the system in the society. My son has been mentally ill and undergoing treatment at various hospitals."

Lawyer S.P. Chaudhary, who was Thursday hired to defend Utsav, said: "Utsav is a serious mental patient. He is suffering from bipolar disorder in which a person's thoughts and actions are uncontrolled."

"The history of his actions show that somewhere in his mind he feels that injustice is being done by the system," he added. Utsav's father, Professor Sushil Sharma, teaches mechanical engineering at IT-Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and his mother Indira Sharma is a psychiatrist and a professor at the Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU.

The former student of Ahmedabad's National Institute of Design (NID) Tuesday attacked Rajesh Talwar with a cleaver outside a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in this Uttar Pradesh town as hundreds of people watched stunned.

Utsav had been booked for attempt to murder and under the National Security Act as the crime had occurred in the courthouse. He is currently in jail. He had attacked tainted former Haryana top cop S.P.S. Rathore, convicted in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, outside a Chandigarh court last year.

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