Court rejects AAP MLA’s appeal against jail term
Party stands ‘exposed’, alleges BJP
New Delhi: AAP MLA Som Dutt on Thursday suffered another setback after a special court dismissed his appeal against a six month jail term and Rs 2 lakh fine awarded to him for assaulting a man in 2015.
Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar rejected his argument that the punishment was “harsh”. “The trial court has considered all circumstances and awarded a sentence for only six months for an offence in which imprisonment could extend up to seven years,” the judge said.
The trial court had on June 29 convicted Dutt for assault during the Delhi Assembly elections four years ago. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal had held the legislator from Sadar Bazar constituency guilty under Section 325 of the Indian Penal Code for causing hurt to a person without provocation.
Dutt’s counsels argued that the medical record of the complainant was not to be trusted. It was further argued that he was under the influence of alcohol — a fact that was ignored by the trial court. Judge Kuhar, however, noted that “Not only the evidence of the doctor is sufficient to prove the injury as grievous… but the complainant also deposed that he suffered multiple injuries and a fracture near his left ankle.”
The appellate court also took noted of the judge Vishal’s observation, “When an influential person breaks the law, there is an impression in his mind that he may get away with it in one way or the other. But that is not the case always. Respect for the law is the first condition for a civilised society.”
As per the prosecution, during the Delhi Assembly elections, Dutt, along with 5060 supporters, beat up one Sanjeev Rana at his residence in Gulabi Bagh. The prosecution said that Dutt and his supporters were campaigning and when Rana objected, the MLA allegedly hit him on the legs with a baseball bat. New Delhi: With the special court awarding a six-month sentence to AAP MLA Som Dutt in a case of assault, Delhi BJP on Thursday claimed the “goondaism” in the Aam Aadmi Party “stands exposed”.
State BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said several AAP MLAs, including CM Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia, have police cases registered against them, which are being probed. “In the coming days, most AAP MLAs will be sent to jail after the investigation and trial is complete,” Tiwari said. “The cases of corruption and scams by AAP will also be investigated when BJP comes to power in Delhi.”
Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta, alleged that chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was silently “supporting and promoting” AAP MLA’s violence.