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Delhi court fines AAP MLA Rs 2 lakh for assaulting youth

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Sep 7, 2018, 5:22 am IST
Updated : Sep 7, 2018, 5:22 am IST

The complainant had earlier told the Delhi police that a cemented road was being constructed in a lane outside his house in Tekhand.

Sahi Ram Pahalwan
 Sahi Ram Pahalwan

New Delhi: On Thursday, a Delhi court imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on AAP MLA (Tughlakabad) Sahi Ram Pahalwan for assaulting a youth in September 2016.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal did not award any jail term to the AAP politician as “an opportunity to reform” himself. Besides Pahalwan, co-convicts Subhash and Lalit were also directed to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh each.

“Considering primarily that injured Yogender Bidhuri had suffered simple injuries in this case and in order to give an opportunity to the convicts to reform themselves, I do not deem it fit to award a sentence of imprisonment. Therefore, considering the facts and circumstances of the case, all the three convicts are punished with a fine of `2 lakh each under Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of IPC,” the judge said.

He also awarded a compensation of Rs 1.50 lakh to the victim. The court had, on August 1, held Pahalwan guilty while relying upon the testimony of Mr Bidhuri. The court convicted all the three accused for the offence punishable under Sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by sharp object), 341 (wrongfully restrain), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The offence carried a maximum of three year jail term. The accused had denied the allegations levelled against them, saying that they were falsely implicated in the case.

They had claimed that they had not beaten the complainant and that they were not even present at the spot at the time of the alleged incident.

The complainant had earlier told the Delhi police that a cemented road was being constructed in a lane outside his house in Tekhand. He alleged that the MLA had “threatened” the supervisor, who was observing the construction, to stop work on the intervening night of September 18 and 19, 2016.

Mr Bidhuri claimed that he called the MLA and tried to know why the latter was opposing the construction of the road. Following this, the legislator “threatened” him with “dire consequences.”

The complainant alleged that he had gone to get medicines with a relative when the MLA, along with his accomplices, allegedly beat him up.

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