New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday reserved its orders on a plea for lodging a criminal case against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh for allegedly beating a man, caught after purportedly trying to attack party spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi with a shoe last June.

Sunil Kumar Sharma, who had allegedly tried to attack Dwivedi on June 6 last year at the AICC headquarters, has filed a complaint for lodging FIR against Singh accusing him of beating him, along with others, after the incident.

Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja reserved the orders after hearing arguments made by the counsel for Sharma.

"Heard arguments made by the counsel for complainant. Put up for order on April 3, 2012," the magistrate said.

Sharma, posing as a journalist on June 6 last year, had come close to Dwivedi during a press conference, removed his shoe and had allegedly stopped short of hitting him with it.

 41-year-old Sharma was later arrested by police under Section 107 (apprehension of breach of peace and tranquility) and Section 151 (disruption of public peace) of the CrPC.

Advocate Mohit Saroha, appearing for Sharma, told the court that the complainant hailed from Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan and had come to meet Mukul Wasnik, the Union minister and party affairs in-charge for Rajasthan, to lodge a complaint about the bad state of roads in his district.

Wasnik not being in the office, Sharma was asked by party workers to wait and he went to sit in the hall where the press conference was going on, he told the court.

Saroha said Sharma saw questions being asked to the Congress leader and himself asked a question relating to the problems in his district but being "humiliated", he showed the shoe to the leader.

He said after the incident Digvijay Singh beat up Sharma along with others whom he could not recognise.

Sharma has sought a direction to the Tuglaq Road Police Station in-charge to lodge a First Information Report and conduct a "free and fair" investigation into his complaint and also to produce the report of Sharma's medical examination.

(Agencies)